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  • MS Nedlloyd Rouen
        A model of the ship “MS Nedlloyd Rouen” made in 1990 by Ted Koszucki. The “Nedlloyd Rouen” was a container ship based out of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The deck of the model is covered with containers which would have been unloaded directly onto tractor-trailers. Real chains were used for ...
      A model of the ship “MS Nedlloyd Rouen” made in 1990 by ...
  • Bone Model
        A model of a warship made by a French prisoner-of-war during the Napoleonic Wars from bone. Mutton bones from the prisoners’ meals were often used for making models and other items. It has been suggested models were often the work of syndicates whose members collaborated, each prisoner contributing a particular ...
      A model of a warship made by a French prisoner-of-war during the ...
  • USA Tugboat
        A model of a tugboat made c. 1890 by P.J. Carr. Tugboats such as this have been operating on waterways for nearly 200 years. They are often used to maneuver large vessels that cannot safely move themselves in crowded harbours or canals, or to move ships that lack their own ...
      A model of a tugboat made c. 1890 by P.J. Carr. Tugboats ...
  • Welsh Fishing Boat
        A model of a Welsh salmon fishing boat called a coracle. Coracles were designed for use on fast-flowing rivers and are usually made of a framework of split and interwoven willow rods tied with willow bark. They have been used for centuries, being first noted by Julius Caesar in 55 ...
      A model of a Welsh salmon fishing boat called a coracle. Coracles ...
  • The "Mary"
        This model originally belonged to the Merritt Family. The Merritts were farmers at Attercliffe, near Dunnville. The model was kept on the mantelpiece at the farm.
      This model originally belonged to the Merritt Family. The Merritts were farmers ...
  • Susan Hoey
        This model of the Susan Hoey was purchased around 1980 by Jim Gallant from a model builder in Goderich, Ontario. The actual “Susan Hoey” was built at Grosse Ile, Michigan and was owned by the Gaelic Tugboat Company which had offices in the same area. The Hoey was built in ...
      This model of the Susan Hoey was purchased around 1980 by Jim ...
  • St. Helena
        A model of the ship “St. Helena” built by Robert Humpage in 1976. The model was once operated by remote control. The actual “St. Helena” sailed on the Welland Canal. The model is made of wood, while string is used for the ropes. The anchors, chains and rope-winder are metal, ...
      A model of the ship “St. Helena” built by Robert Humpage in ...
  • Sun Rise & Sun Set Shadowboxes
        This pair of large Shadowboxes depicts the sailing ships the “Sun Rise” & the “Sun Set”. They underwent conservation treatment by conservators at the Ministry of Citizenship & Culture Conservation Facilities in 1985. These shadowboxes were donated by Miss Erie Carter, who was the daughter of DeWitt Carter, the first ...
      This pair of large Shadowboxes depicts the sailing ships the “Sun Rise” ...
  • Bottle Ships
        The building of model ships is a rather old tradition that has been practiced for over 4000 years. However, the art of model ship-making in bottles began much more recently due to the poor quality of early bottles. The first examples appeared around 1850, and they have remained a popular ...
      The building of model ships is a rather old tradition that has ...
  • John A. Kling
        The “John A. Kling” was a self-unloader which could carry most types of dry bulk cargo such as coal, gravel, etc. It was built in 1922 by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company of Wisconsin. The “Kling” was owned by Reiss Steamship Company, and was named for Mr. John Adam Kling, who ...
      The “John A. Kling” was a self-unloader which could carry most types ...
  • Spanish Galleon
        This model is a representation of a 16th Century Spanish Galleon, a multi-decked sailing ship used for both war and trade. The model was constructed from a kit in 1986 by Charles Conner. The three flags are made of paper, the rigging and anchor rope is made of string, and ...
      This model is a representation of a 16th Century Spanish Galleon, a ...
  • Sovereign of the Seas
        A model of “Sovereign of the Seas” which was a 90-gun ship of the Royal Navy. It was built in 1635 in order to bolster the reputation of the English crown, and was completely destroyed in an accidental fire in 1697. This replica of “Sovereign of the Seas” was built ...
      A model of “Sovereign of the Seas” which was a 90-gun ship ...
  • Gracie May
        A model of a 19th century Great Lakes fishing vessel. Commercial fishing on the Great Lakes increased in the 1880s with modern fishing equipment, but the golden days of commercial fishing were over by the late 1950s. The model was made by Richard Gosse.
      A model of a 19th century Great Lakes fishing vessel. Commercial fishing ...
  • HMCS Haida
        A 7-foot scale model of “HMCS Haida” a World War II and Korean War veteran destroyer, known as the “Fightingest Ship” in the Royal Canadian Navy. The Haida was commissioned in August of 1943 and was retired after 20 years of service. HMCS Haida has been preserved, and is berthed ...
      A 7-foot scale model of “HMCS Haida” a World War II and ...
  • Halvemaen
        A model of the “Halvemaen,” a ship of the Dutch East India Company. It was commissioned by the Dutch Republic in order to find an eastern passage to China, and was captained by Henry Hudson. This model was handcrafted out of wood c. 1900.
      A model of the “Halvemaen,” a ship of the Dutch East India ...
  • HMCS Humberstone
        A model of “HMCS Humberstone,” a Castle Class Corvette which served during World War II from 1944-1945. For most of the war she served as an ocean escort in the Atlantic. The model was constructed for the Museum by Joseph Vella of the “West Island Ship Modellers Club” of Montreal.
      A model of “HMCS Humberstone,” a Castle Class Corvette which served during ...
  • Northern Queen
        A model of the steamship “Northern Queen” built from wood. The model was restored c.1982.
      A model of the steamship “Northern Queen” built from wood. The model ...
  • HMCS Orillia
        A model of the Corvette “HMCS Orillia – K119” which served from 1940-1945 during World War II. The model was built in 1944 by Capt. J.W. Sharpe, who was also the Commanding Officer of the “HMCS Orillia.”
      A model of the Corvette “HMCS Orillia – K119” which served from ...
  • HMCS Port Colborne
        A model of “HMCS Port Colborne,” a River Class Frigate which served from 1943-1945 during World War II. Some of its duties during the war included operating in the English Channel during the invasion of Normandy, serving off the coasts of France and Gibraltar, and escorting merchant ships during the ...
      A model of “HMCS Port Colborne,” a River Class Frigate which served ...
  • Saturnia
        A model of the Italian ocean liner, the “Saturnia.” The hull, masts, lifeboats and cabin are constructed of wood with metal railings. The smoke funnel and vents located on the top deck, bow of ship and stern are made of plastic. The rigging attached to both of the masts is ...
      A model of the Italian ocean liner, the “Saturnia.” The hull, masts, ...
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Tallships, Tugs & Trawlers


A photographic gallery of the some of the model ship collection of the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.