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Portholes 101

October 8th, 2010

Brass Porthole Mirror

The porthole, a tiny circular window, is used by the ship’s hull for adding lighting and air to the interior of the ship. The function of the porthole is to bring light and air to especially damp parts of the ship located below deck quarters. Just like any window, the port hole window allows the occupants of the lower deck to enjoy a view albeit limited. While air and light can get in, the porthole is water-tight, and can even be light-tight if need be.

Sometimes the porthole of a ship is referred to as the side scuttle, aka side hole. This is the proper term used by the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, as well as during the construction of a ship. Side scuttle, however, is a broad term that indicated any uncovered hole on a vessels side.

The porthole is made from two structured components, and is very similar to the design of standard windows in both design and application. The porthole is bolted to the ship’s hull carefully and securely. The porthole’s glass may even come in two frames so as to allow the opening and closing of a window. Also, they have storm covers made from metal that work to secure the porthole when heavy seas and storms arise. This is also a way of blocking light if the vessels cargo calls for it. Ship’s used for battle also use storm covers to protect their stealth in battle to avoid enemy detection. These are accessed from the inside of the ship’s hull and are fastened closed by tightening several pivoting devices known as “dogs”.

Portholes that are older typically have a jutting “collar” part of their base plate that is meant to accommodate the thick wooden hull. The size of a porthole can vary. Some may only have diameters of a few inches while others may be a couple of feet wide. This applies to the weight as well, as some may just a few pounds, and others other a hundred pounds! The weight of the porthole is mainly in its glass which can be as thick as two inches. That’s a lot of glass! The metal parts of a porthole also add on to the weight of them. These metal parts are mainly sand-cast and made from bronze, brass, steel, iron, or even aluminium. The most commonly used metals being bronze and brass due to their salt water resistance. The porthole is designed to be secure so as not to limit the integrity of the hull. The porthole’s quality and assured building are what make them so resilient. With anything less, the entire ship would be put into jeopardy.

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Weems and Plaths

August 21st, 2010
Admiral's Brass Sextant

Admiral's Brass Sextant

Weems and Plaths’ dedication to the improvement of nautical navigational tools can be seen in the brass nautical products available at handcraftedmodelships.com. The history behind both Weems and Plath is a rich one that is full of adventure and excitement. Both innovators had a strong will and dedication to the improvement of nautical navigation. As such, the many innovations made in sea and air navigation by Weems and Plath continue to inspire today. All of the items inspired by Weems and Plaths that are sold here are of high quality, and are available below the usual retail prices.

History

Weems was an influential navigational designer that advanced the technology of air and sea navigation through his writing, inventions, and ideas. Weems was also known for publishing many articles about navigation, and teaching navigation lessons at the Naval Academy during the 1920s. He eventually came up with his own system, appropriately dubbed The Weems System of Navigation, and taught it at his own school in Annapolis. Weems’ system improved navigational instruments with radio astronomy, space navigation, and polar exploration. Even great names in history studied the Weems system. One such person was Charles Lindbergh, whose interest in the Weems system dated to just before his historical trans-Atlantic flight.

Plath was around about a half a century before Weems, and was responsible for developing the the world’s first gyro-compass in 1913. Plath’s company had been developing quality compasses and sextants that Weems would become the future purveyor of. The integration of both Weems and Plaths’ names was only a natural fit.

Importance

The importance of Weems and Plaths inventions is still significant in the modern age. The Weems and Plath name still continues to churn out quality navigational items that encourage and enhance the progress of navigation. The innovation of Weems and Plaths nautical and weather instruments is a motivation for Handcrafted Model Ships’ own nautical decor products.

Authentic Replicas

The nautical decor items available at Handcrafted Model Ships are authentic replicas of classic and modern nautical instruments, such as magnetic compasses, telescopes, sextants, spy glasses, and more. Finding authentic replicas of Weems and Plaths’ innovative designs in navigational aids anywhere else will be next to impossible!

Quality

The quality of the Weems and Plath inspired designs found at Handcrafted Model Ships is very exceptional. For instance, each of our nautical decor items is manufactured from the finest quality brass and woods. No less can be expected from a reproduction of Weems and Plath inspired models! Many of our products come with a solid brass finish that exudes a high polished exterior. Also, they may come with a handcrafted leather case for stylish safekeeping.

At Handcrafted Model Ships you will be able to find many more nautical decor items that have rich historical backgrounds, are authentic, and of high quality. Furthermore, the prices for each of our items is significantly lower than the retail standard.

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Ship in a Bottle

August 19th, 2010
HMS Victory Ship in a Bottle

HMS Victory Ship in a Bottle

Handcraftedmodelships.com offers a wide selection of nautical decor items for your pleasure and convenience. Our ships in a bottle collection is preceded by a long history of ship in bottle making, and will serve as great complimentary decorations in your nautical themed room. In the modern era, ships in a bottle remain just as relevant as ever. The mystery behind the creation of these masterpieces amuses and mystifies many still. Our ships in bottle replicas are authentic versions of famous ships throughout history, and are available to the public for lower than average retail prices. Get your hands on one today!

History

The history of ships in a bottle is not very well known. What is known is that Jean Randier noted some of the earliest known examples of bottled ships came around the 1830s. This is when dark glass was replaced by opaque glass bottles which would make ships in a bottle a popular commodity. However, even in the 18th century the art of building a ship within the constraints of something like a bottle was known to exist.

Importance

Bottled ships are important to the nautical culture in many ways. The significance of ships in a bottle in the modern age lies in the skillful craftsmanship needed to create such models. Bottled ship making is an art form that has transcended time and culture. They are meticulously sought out by model ship collectors all around the globe.

Authentic Replicas

At Handcrafted Model Ships, you will be happy to know that you can find some of the most authentic replicas of ships in a bottle on the market. This is because our ships in bottle collection is crafted skillfully by hand, and features detailed replicas of actual and fictional ships. Our brilliant craftsmanship is the token of thanks that we give to each and every customer. For instance, the Flying Cloud bottle ship is an authentic reproduction of the Donald McKay ship of the same name. The Flying Cloud was noted for being navigated by a woman, Eleanor Creesy. Eleanor, who was a prolific scholar of ocean currents, weather, and astronomy, sailed with her husband, John Perkins Creesy, and set a world record transit from New York to California. We also make ships in the image of the culturally significant USS Constitution, HMS Surprise, HMS Victory, and much more.

Quality

Each one of our nautical decor items is crafted with quality in mind. The ships in a bottle collection comes in many different colors depending on your liking. When shipped, we box your order with memory foam and Styrofoam to ensure a safe travel from our factory to your doorstep. While we use the finest materials, and work diligently for hours on end to bring you the best quality possible, our ships in a bottle models are still well below the retail prices you find standard elsewhere.

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Ships Bell

August 17th, 2010
Brass Ships Bell 7"

Brass Ships Bell 7"

If you are looking for ship bells then you have come to the right place. Handcraftedmodelships.com is a premium provider of all things nautical, including ship bells. We at Handcrafted Model Ships recognize the history and significance of ship’s bells, and take that into account with every single one that we produce. Ships bells are typically brass made, with an engraving of the ship’s name on it. The cook aboard the ship would usually be tasked with maintaining the shine of the ships bell. The striking of the ship’s bell is indicative of the time, and is used to keep the sailors aboard on time for duties. A ship’s bell uses a system of eight bells, each bell signifying half-hour intervals on a sailor’s four hour watch. At every half-hour, the ship’s bell is struck in a series of pairs to make counting easier. At Handcrafted Model Ships, you will be able to find authentic examples of ships bells that are quality made, and available for lower than retail prices.

History and Importance

Ship bells are steeped in naval tradition and have many uses. For one, the ship’s bell is commonly used to baptize children. Following the baptism, the children would have their names engraved on the bell. The importance of the ship’s bell is still seen today. Whenever a ship is past its prime and broken up, the ship’s bell becomes a keepsake. Furthermore, the ship’s bell is used as a tool for identification if a ship is wrecked at sea.

Authentic Replicas

Handcrafted Model Ships makes it a priority to craft the finest authentic replicas of ship bells possible. Our ship bells are made to be shining examples of real life ship’s bells. These items make great accessories for nautically themed rooms. Each nautical decor item is manufactured to be as authentic as possible. For this reason, Handcrafted Model Ships makes ship bells with solid polished brass for an exuberant finish. You will be hard pressed to find an authentic replica anywhere else. Further, our ship bells are modestly priced, and and won’t set you back as much an amount as other model ship retailers.

Quality

Handcrafted Model Ships makes beautiful ship bells of high quality solid brass. The result is a heavy, real feeling replica. Each handle is a polished hardwood that gives a luxurious look to the ship bell. For this reason, Handcrafted Model Ships is the leader in quality when it comes to producing fine ship bells. Each ship bell we produce is crafted carefully from hand my master artisans with years of experience. However, even though our products are higher quality than other online retailers, we are always very mindful to giving you the fairest pricing available. There are not many other places where you will be able to get a quality, authentic product at such low prices!

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Nautical Wall Clocks

August 15th, 2010
Brass Porthole Clock 11"

Brass Porthole Clock 11"

Handcraftedmodelships.com offers the latest and best in nautical items. Here you will find items such as replicas of historically significant ships, and nautical decor items such as wall clocks. Handcrafted Model Ships recognizes the importance of wall decor to the nautical enthusiast’s model ship collection, and offers a great selection of nautical wall clocks for this reason. There are an over abundance of wall decor items available here that are authentically made with quality in mind. The many types of nautical wall clocks include the porthole nautical wall clock and the ship wheel wall clock. We also sell standard wall clocks, each of which is below the standard retail pricing that you have come to expect.

History

Nautical wall clocks have been around for ages. Decorating ones home in nautical decor is a tradition that stems as far back as the beginning of model ship building. Nautical decorating is mostly seen in towns closest to port, but many other people around the globe choose to adorn their house with decorations such as nautical wall clocks.

Importance

The significance of nautical wall clocks is in the design. Handcrafted Model Ships offers nautical wall clocks with nautical designs such as the ship wheel. The ship wheel is an important part of navigational history that is one of the first things to come to mind when thinking of nautical decor. Further, our porthole nautical wall clocks are great additions to model ship rooms to add a sense of seafaring atmosphere. These items bring a certain quality into any room they are hung in.

Authentic Replicas

Handcrafted Model Ships offers the best authentic replicas of nautical wall clocks anywhere on the internet. Our nautical wall clocks are carefully crafted by hand to closely resemble actual workings within real life ships. The authenticity of our nautical wall clocks can be seen in our brass porthole clocks. These clocks are manufactured to appear as close in appearance as possible to an actual porthole. For instance, they even open up just as a porthole would!

Quality

Handcrafted Model Ships is the best in quality when it comes to nautical wall clocks. This is because each item for sale in our wall decor section is crafted carefully from hand by master artisans, and uses only the finest materials in its production. For example, our brass porthole clocks are polished to a mirror like shine to make it as luxurious as possible. Furthermore, our ship wheel nautical wall clocks are made from real Shisham hardwood. This hardwood is a quick warming wood that enables a greater sustaining of quality over the long term. While our products are made by master handicraftsmen with quality materials, we are always mindful of pricing our nautical wall clocks below the standard retail pricing. Therefore, if you are looking to find quality nautical wall clocks for affordable prices, then look no further than Handcrafted Model Ships.

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Nautical Keyrings

August 13th, 2010
Oil lamp key chain

Oil lamp key chain

Nautical keyrings are among the many several different types of decor items found at handcraftedmodelships.com. The many designs of our nautical keyring have a rich history that model ship enthusiasts will love. Handcrafted Model Ships sells authentic replicas of nautical keyrings for purchase at low prices. Our nautical keyrings are made from the finest quality materials, such as solid polished brass, and are available for sale below the standard retail price.

History

The nautical keyrings sold at Handcrafted Model Ships are created with many different designs. One of our forthcoming keyrings is the Bosun Whistle key chain. This nautical keyring is an old nautical tool employed first by the Greeks and Romans to keep their slaves in sync while paddling their ships. Other keyring designs include: yacht keyrings, dolphin keyrings, cannon keyrings, pulley keyrings, propeller keyrings, anchor keyrings, anchor with rod keyrings, folding anchor keyrings, and bell keyrings.

Importance

Nautical keyrings are great for everyday use, and will showcase your love for nautical culture every time you leave the house. Many of our nautical keyrings are steeped in history, like the bosun whistle, and make great cultural items for young and old people alike. These nautical decor items are great for introducing other people in your life to the nautical culture, as well as learning a bit of history yourself.

Authentic Replicas

Our keyrings are created to be as authentic in design as possible. We aim to create a product that is both practical and beautiful. For instance, the bosun whistle nautical keyrings at Handcrafted Model Ships are not just replicas of the real deal, but are fully functional. A sharp blow into the whistle will yield the same shrill sound of an authentic boatswain pipe. Handcrafted Model Ships also offers other nautical keyrings that are both practical in application and great decor items. Such items include our telescope keyrings, our hourglass keyrings, and our compass keyrings.

Quality

Handcrafted Model Ships makes it their priority to put quality before quantity. Therefore, each item that you will find in our nautical store is handcrafted, and created to last. Our master artisans use their years of experience to create the finest product you will be able to find on the web. Though our nautical decorations such as our keyrings are made with quality in mind, we also make sure to give our customers the ability to afford them. Therefore, Handcrafted Model Ships is where you will always be able to find quality nautical keyrings far below the standard retail prices.

These nautical decor items are just a few of the different kinds of items you can find at Handcrafted Model Ships. Anything nautical that you are looking for, you will most likely be able to find here. This is due to our wide range of diverse authentic and quality nautical decor products. Furthermore, all of our nautical keychains are affordable, and lower than the standard retail prices for items of such quality.

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Nautical Keychain

August 11th, 2010
Diving helmet key chain

Diving helmet key chain

Nautical keychains are among the many different kinds of nautical decor items available at handcraftedmodelships.com. The history behind the nautical keychain is heavily intertwined with the nautical culture. Today, the nautical keychain’s historical significance and modern importance are different, but nautical keychains are valued nonetheless. Handcrafted Model Ships offers authentic replicas of nautical keychains for you to purchase at low prices. Each nautical keychain for sale is made from solid brass and is available below the standard retail prices. With a deal this great, passing up on our nautical keychains will be doing a major disservice to yourself!

History

The nautical keychains offered at Handcrafted Model Ships come in the form of several varying designs. Designs such as the Bosun Whistle key chain are particularly significant in nautical history. The bosun whistle is among the oldest nautical inventions, and was first used by the Greeks and Romans as tools to keep their slaves in sync with their strokes. It was also used during the Crusades as a call to attack for the crossbowmen. Furthermore, the use of the bosun whistle became a mainstay with officers in the British and American navies.

Importance

The significance of the bosun whistle today is that of tradition. Many people still play the bosun whistle, also known as a boatswain pipe. In the modern age, Captains still employ the shrill sound of the bosun whistle as a call to formation. The nautical keychains offered at Handcrafted Model Ships also serve as great decorative items for the nautical enthusiast. With a nautical keychain, you will be able to show your interest in maritime history to all those around you, and be able to keep a piece of your nautical collection with you wherever you go.

Authentic Replicas

The bosun whistle nautical keychains at Handcrafted Model Ships are excellent replicas of a pipe steeped in naval tradition. Far from just an authentic replica, these bosun whistle keychains actually do work. When you blow into the whistle, you will be able to produce the same shrill sound you would expect out of a real boatswain pipe. Other practical nautical keychain authentic replicas include the telescope keychain, and the compass keychain.

Quality

The quality of our nautical keychains is the first priority of Handcrafted Model Ships. In addition to the bosun whistle nautical keychains, you can find quality replicas in nautical keychain format such as: yacht keychains, dolphin keychains, cannon keychains, pulley keychains, propeller keychains, anchor keychains, anchor with rod keychains, folding anchor keychains, and bell keychains. Each one of these nautical decor items is crafted from the finest quality materials, and is available for low prices.

These nautical decor items are just a few of the items offered at handcraftedmodelships.com. You will be able to find a way range of diverse nautical decor products, each with unsurpassed quality and authenticity. Furthermore, all of our nautical keychains are affordable, and lower than the standard retail prices for items of such quality.

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Nautical Decorations

August 9th, 2010
Copper Divers Helmet 9"

Copper Divers Helmet 9"

Deciding to go with nautical decorations to adorn your house is easy at handcraftemodelships.com. Here you will be able to find many different kinds of nautical decorations that range from model ships to bosun whistles. Nautical decorating is a time honored tradition that has spanned the world for centuries. In many cultures, especially those which were located near port, many people collected model ships and nautical decorations to enhance the look of their homes. One such reason for doing so is to create a seafaring atmosphere that would reflect upon their model ship collection. Still, non-model ship enthusiasts choose to employ the help of nautical decorations to add a bit of calm to their living situation. Nautical decorations such as sea shells, and other coastal decor are especially useful to this end. Here at Handcrafted Model Ships, you will be able to locate authentic replicas of notorious and culturally significant model ships, as well as nautical products here at Handcrafted Model Ships. Furthermore, you will be able to rest easy knowing that each nautical decor item is high in quality while remaining lower than the standard retail prices.

History

Nautical decoration and model ships have been around for many centuries, spanning cultures all around the world. The art of model ship building and collecting dates to the beginning of when ships themselves were invented. While model ship collecting started off as a hobby that only the well-off could afford, the times have changed and enabled people of any status to become collectors. This is due to the change in production that occurred with the Industrial Revolution. While manufacturers are now able to create many more model ships at cheaper prices, Handcrafted Model Ships still values the days when fine craftsmanship was a necessity.

Importance

The importance of model ship collecting lies with the millions of people around the world who still participate in the hobby. Aside from model ships, there are other great nautical decorations such as the bosun whistle. The bosun whistle, also known as the boatswain pipe, was historically used by the Greeks and Romans to coordinate the stokes of their slaves. Then during the Crusades it was used to form crossbowmen for attack. Due to its significance with maritime affairs, the use of the bosun whistle became commonplace with officers in the British and American navies.

Authentic Replicas

Handcrafted Model Ships is your one stop shop for finding the most authentic nautical decorations on the internet. Each nautical decor item is created through many hours of hard work and fine tuning to create the most authentic replica possible. While we pride ourselves on our authenticity and quality, our nautical decorations and models are available for less than retail pricing.

Quality

Handcrafted Model Ships chooses to make authenticity and quality its main objective. For this reason, all of our nautical decorations are made from the finest materials that we can use. To enumerate, our wood nautical decorations are built with Shisham, which is a high quality rare wood not unlike teak. At Handcrafted Model Ships, you can be assured that every nautical decoration you find will be above the typical quality other online retailers offer.

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Nautical Decor

August 7th, 2010
America's Cup Contender 26"

America's Cup Contender 26"

Choosing to decorate your house with nautical decor is a long, time honored tradition. People choose to add nautical decor to their home for a number of reasons. One reason is to create a seafaring atmosphere for the room where they have their model ship collection. While other non-model ship collectors still find the home enhancing qualities of nautical decor to create a tranquil environment. You will be able to find authentic replicas of famous model ships and nautical products here at handcraftedmodelships.com. As well as be able to find that each nautical decor item is high in quality each and every item you purchase.

History

Nautical decor has been around for ages, and has transcended many cultures in its process. The art of model ship building and collecting stems back as far back as when ships themselves were created. In the beginning, model ship collecting was a hobby for people of money, as they were not as easily and readily available as they are today. Each model was built one at a time by master craftsmen who worked for hours on end on individual models. This old world approach is used by Handcrafted Model Ship’s handicraftsmen to give you the best product you can find.

Importance

The importance of model ship collecting is still seen today by the millions of people around the globe who create, buy, and sell model ships with one another. There are many other nautical decor products available to, such as the sextant. The sextant is an age old device used by navigators to locate Polaris and sail in the right direction. The sextant lived on through many different variations and improvements, but is now being outdone by the GPS system. Still, sextants remain and important piece of nautical history, and are great nautical decor items for any model ship enthusiast to have.

Authentic Replicas

Here at Handcrafted Model Ships, you will be able to locate the most authentic replicas of model ships and nautical decor. Each nautical decor item is created through many hours of hard work and fine tuning. This amount of dedication yields the most authentic product we are capable of delivering. Finding an authentic replica on the internet can be tough, but Handcrafted Model Ships will provide you with authentic replicas time and time again. Furthermore, even though our models are authentic, they are inexpensive and can be bought on any type of budget.

Quality

Handcrafted Model Ships makes quality its number one priority. This is because each item for sale in our nautical decor section is crafted from the best quality materials we can find. For instance, products made from wood use Shisham, a high quality rare wood similar to teak. However, even though our products are of a more superb quality than other online retailers, we are careful to give you, the customer, the fairest pricing we possibly can. At Handcrafted Model Ships, you will be able to find quality nautical decor items below standard retail prices.

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Brass Sextant

August 3rd, 2010