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US Coast Guard Cutters Doing Good Work in the Pacific

October 29th, 2012

As guardians of the free world, how the United States Armed Forces are perceived by the citizens of other countries is of paramount importance. Consequently, they undertake a number of goodwill missions. Pursuant to this goal, the United States Coast Guard will occasionally dispatch one of its cutters to humanitarian missions in the Pacific region.

The USCG Cutter and Buoy Tender Sequoia recently had the honor of carrying out this duty, and this beautiful 225’ buoy tender did so admirably. Not only did the Sequoia aid law enforcement in performing search and rescue missions, it also collected scientific data, assisted a village’s rebuilding era, taught boat safety, and delivered humanitarian aid and supplies to the South Pacific. Wow. That’s a lot.

Picture of a model of a USCG Buoy Tender

While based in Guam, the USCG Sequoia traveled all about the Pacific, stopping by Pohnpei, a small island approximately 1,900 miles northeast of Australia, where it gave a tour to local school children. It then distributed humanitarian aid to typhoon ravaged atolls, and, a month later, collected various floating objects which contained tracking devices that allowed scientists to track the drift of unattended objects. After this, the Sequoia continued to perform search and rescue missions and provide aid to the island nation of Poluwat, becoming the first US military vessel to visit it in the last 30 years.

The visit of a United States Coast Guard Cutter, such as the Sequoia, is a significant event to the peoples of many of these small island nations. In addition to their humanitarian efforts, such as distributing food and medicine, the US Coast Guard also teaches boat safety and, in the case of the Sequoia visit, even repaired such vital community resources as the island’s only UHF transmitter.  These efforts not only promote goodwill by being a good citizen of the world, they also help to increase the efficacy of future search and rescue efforts by teaching locals to paint their boats bright colors or carry mirrors with them when they go out to sea.

The Sequoia is but one of the 225’ Coast Guard Cutters (or Juniper Class) operating in the Pacific. Currently, the list of Juniper class cutters operating in the Pacific are: USCGC Juniper, USCGC Willow, USCGC Kukui, USCGC Elm, USCGC Walnut, USCGC Spar, USCGC Maple, USCGC Aspen, USCGC Sycamore, USCGC Cypress, USCGC Oak, USCGC Hickory, USCGC Fir, USCGC Hollyhock, USCGC Sequoia, USCGC Alder.

Picture of a model of a USCG High Endurance Cutter

Handcrafted Model Ships is proud to offer an exact model of the Juniper class, which comes complete with a nameplate that can, by customer order, by changed to any of these beautiful ships. Simply specify what you want the plaque to read at the time of your order. These model boats are ideal gifts for anyone whose family proudly includes present of past sailors in the US Coast Guard.

The handsome model and base add a touch of class to any home or office decor, so order yours today!

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Blackbeard’s Ghost Haunts Queen Anne’s Revenge

October 11th, 2012

Halloween is a magical time. Unlike other holidays, it’s less about family and more about exploring personal fantasy – and satisfying your sweet tooth. On this one day, society gives you permission to be whomever you want to be; no other day has that much possibility, which is why Halloween is fun for all ages.
Picture of a model of the Queen Anne's Revenge
Of course, we at Handcrafted Model Ships have a vested interest in one very special Halloween fantasy: the pirate. And what a great fantasy it is: being a scofflaw bandit on the high seas … raiding Spanish galleons of the riches they themselves plundered from the New World – fighting boarding actions with a pistol in hand and a dagger in your teeth. Great fun!

These compelling fantasies are based upon fascinating realities. Let’s face it, in comparison to our modern day office-dwelling existence, pirates led far more interesting lives. One of the most famous, and fascinating, of the real world pirates was Blackbeard; much of the pirate fiction that we consume centers around many of his real world exploits.

You may find the “Pirates of the Caribbean” portrayal of pirates as belonging to their own self-governing society as preposterous. Blackbeard, however, did exist in a world where pirates plotted amongst themselves for their own betterment. For instance, under Blackbeard’s command, a fleet of pirates blockaded the then English port of Charleston, South Carolina. This pirate alliance then engaged in traditional extortion by demanding that Charleston pay a ransom in order to lift the blockade, which they did. Similarly, Blackbeard ruled his ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, by the consent of the crew. It would seem that old-timey pirates do follow an honor code after all.
Picture of a model Pirate Ship
What many of you don’t know are the stories of Blackbeard’s ghost, for when it gets close to Halloween, and the seas get dark and stormy, many spot the Queen Anne’s Revenge sailing the seas once more. It isn’t known what the spectral Blackbeard is seeking on the Atlantic; maybe he wants to avenge his death at the hands of Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy, or maybe he’s searching for yet another cargo ship to plunder. Whatever his reasons, be wary, fellow traveler. The likes of Blackbeard’s ghost are not to be taken lightly.

Picture of a model of the Queen Anne's Revenge in a bottle
For those looking to feature Blackbeard’s ghost at your very own Halloween party, an actual Handcrafted Model Ship of the Queen Anne’s Revenge is essential. You’re in luck, because Handcrafted Model Ships has many different versions to choose from, starting with the 7” Queen Anne’s Revenge in a Bottle. A perfect item for a child’s bookshelf, particularly when you tell them the tale of Blackbeard’s ghost. Of course, there are many more high-end models of Queen Anne’s Revenge available, going all the way up to the 37” “Caribbean Pirate Ship.” Oh, did I forget to mention that the Queen Anne’s Revenge bears a striking resemblance to the Black Pearl from Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean? So you’re getting double the pirate bang for your buck!

Other elements of pirate decor include such mainstays as nautical maps, compasses, sextants, and telescopes. These will not only be great decor elements for a room, but they also serve as perfect costume props when it’s time to go trick-or-treating. So don’t sit around being a sorry landlubber. Get your pirate booty today so it will arrive in time for Halloween. Happy hunting!

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Handcrafted Model Ships to Attend Dana Point Tall Ships Festival

September 5th, 2012

Picture of a model of the Queen Anne's RevengeAhoy, landlubbers and scallywags! Now’s your chance to come aboard!

This weekend, September 7-9, 2012 is the Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point, California where there will be assembled a collection of sailing vessels from all over the globe.

Come on down and see a mock-cannon naval battle, chat with some pirates, (and it’s not even Talk Like A Pirate Day!) and, best of all, meet the master builder himself, craftsman Richard Norris – the mastermind of Handcrafted Model Ships. As a tip, before heading down to Dana Point, practice your pirate parlance. The internet can help you here because of International “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Receiving instruction on how to talk like a pirate can make it second nature in no time… laddie. Now you can seek out Mr. Norris and impress him with your pirate-speak, which is something of which he never gets tired.

Don’t worry about seeming like a poseur. After all, this is about letting loose and having some fun, right? Nobody’s really a Caribbean pirate or knight of the realm. Of course, you also don’t want to be that guy in flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt, winking and pointing at the hula dancers going, “Arr, Mateys!” which, at a distance, just looks like you’re a confused transient. (And, yes, there will be hula dancers.)

So, put some thought into it. Don a costume, put on an accent. After all, Halloween’s just around the corner, so consider it practice.

Besides the obvious fun of costumed dramatics, swashbuckling and cannonades, it’s a great opportunity to get that Handcrafted Model Ship you’ve been eying for a while now. (Don’t lie. Like a Jamaican gypsy stowaway, we can see into your soul.)

We know you don’t want to pass up the chance to have the Handcrafted Model Ship you’ve always wanted sold to you by Richard Norris himself; a rare opportunity, as he’ll be readily available right at the show to answer any of your questions, whether it’s about our wonderfully large inventory, how the man himself has crafted these beautiful ships. Did I mention there’ll also be discounts of up to 70% off? Huzzah, indeed!

Model ships are a must-have at this event, and topping our list for 2012 is the Queen Anne’s Revenge. (Hey, you’d be pretty teed off if your husband had you beheaded, too!)

Oh, wait – wrong Anne? Nevermind. While her beef may’ve been lost to history, one thing’s undeniable: the ship which bears her name (and ire) has a fascinating history, as the one chosen by the notorious pirate Blackbeard. You’ll also notice her striking resemblance to the aptly named “Black Pearl”, captained by none other than Jack Sparrow in the Disney “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. So, she’s the quintessential pirate’s ship – and waiting to set sail in your living room.

Picture of a model of the USS Constitution

Feeling patriotic as election time draws near?

Bring aboard the Handcrafted Model Ship of the USS Constitution. As it just recently sailed again under its own power, it’s an excellent, timeless example of American ingenuity and craftsmanship. Go, U.S.A!

Named by none other than George Washington, it’s the only ship from its era still in active service as a part of the modern U.S. Navy. Over the course of its more than two centuries of history, it defended American merchant shipping in the Mediterranean, defeated British rival ship HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812, and served as an American ambassador of goodwill once the Age of Sail had come to a close. Wow.

Talk about your mascot for liberty, freedom of enterprise and longevity. It’s the USS Constitution all the way!

So, why not don some pirate digs, fly some colors, grab a cutlass and annoy your pet parrot by incessantly asking if it’d like the saltine you found in the sofa cushion?

You’ll be much better received by the folks down at Dana Point – especially at the Handcrafted Model Ships booth.

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72″ Remote Controlled RMS Titanic Model Ships

August 31st, 2012

Picture of a 72 inch model of the RMS TitanicZOMG. It appears someone has actually raised the RMS Titanic!

Handcrafted Model Ships has just announced the release of a limited edition 72” (six feet long!) version of their RMS Titanic model boat. At 6” long – yes, six feet in length – this model is truly deserving of its name. Both massive and beautiful, contracted with real cherry, birch, maple, and rosewood, this namesake is built precisely to scale using the plans of the actual RMS Titanic. More than that – this Titanic model ship is actually sailable. That’s right, she’s seaworthy (well, lake-worthy, anyway) and remote-controlled. You can take this ship to the local lake or pond and recapture the grandeur of the RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage – minus its unfortunate fate. Just be mindful of any mallard ducks on said pond, as they might get driven under the surface by the power of the massive wakes coming off this monster.

It’s pretty exclusive, too; only one of ten ever sold. A very rare model, indeed. Plus, for those very rare and privileged collectors, five copies each of her sister ships – the RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic – are also available. But first, a little history.

Picture of a 72 inch model of the RMS TitanicThe ocean liners RMS Titanic and her siblings, belonged to the Olympic class, which were designed to be the epitome of elegance and size. Luxury at sea. The eponymous RMS Olympic, first of its class, is distinguished by the fact it didn’t sink early in its career. While we all know of the Titanic’s untimely end, it’s not commonly known that the RMS Britannic, following massive refits in the wake of her sunken sister, fell even faster – and in the same ‘bow-down’ fashion, upon striking a German mine during WWI. Her captain attempted to ground her, keeping her engines moving in the chaos that surrounded her rapid sinking. As the crew abandoned the ship and her stern rose from the water, one of the lifeboats, filled with would-be survivors, was drawn into the operating propellers, and completely destroyed.

Needless to say, history has not been kind – downright cruel – to the Olympic class ocean liners. It seems their biggest claim to fame, sardonic as it may be, is that they sunk in a truly spectacular fashion. But would we, honestly, have even remembered them, and so vividly, were it not for the tragedies they underwent?

To that end, these lovely model cruise ships allow you to relive the elegance and glory for which these ships were meant; the joy and hope with which they were built. The potent dream of their designers.

So, take the wheel, and rewrite history! Bask in the beauty of these gorgeous giant model cruise ships, allowing them the destiny of which they were deserving, but were sadly, never afforded. Let them live again as you explore a bygone era in all its majesty, limited only by your imagination.

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The USS Constitution Sails Again

August 23rd, 2012

Make way for the USS Constitution, for she once again sails the seas. Commissioned for the US Navy by the Naval Act of 1794, she was launched in 1797 as one of six heavily armed frigates. The decision at the time was to make these heavy frigates the largest warships that the United States was fielding, so at the time of her launching, she was the largest warship sailing under the flag of the United States. She was named by none other than George Washington, and went on to faithfully serve many US Presidents after her.

Picture of a model of the USS ConstitutionThe USS Constitution is most known for her role in the War of 1812 where she defeated the HMS Guerriere. The battle saw the two ships directly alongside each other for much of the time, yet rough seas prevented any boarding action. Instead the USS Constitution’s guns savaged her British rival, while many of the shots from the Guerriere reportedly bounced off of the Constitution’s hull. Which caused an American sailor to shout, “Huzzah, her sides are made of iron,” and, from this, the USS Constitution became known as “Old Ironsides.”

By 1830, the USS Constitution was getting quite old, particularly for a wooden ship. The Boston Advertiser erroneously reported that the US Navy had decided to scrap her. This promoted Oliver Wendell Holmes to write and publish the poem, “Old Ironsides” which caused such an outcry amongst the American public that the Navy was forced to continue her upkeep. And so the decision was made to transform the USS Constitution from a warship, to one of public relations on behalf of the US Navy- a tradition which the Navy has maintained to this day.

Picture of a model of the USS ConstitutionThe Constitution has been repaired and refitted many times over her history, but her only real means of propulsion has remained the use of her sails. As sail has become a rather impractical method of powering a ship, there has always been the question of whether she should be towed to her destinations or whether US Navy sailors would be trained in such an outdated mode of transportation. Though she has been towed plenty of times throughout her history, there have been occasions where she used the wind to sail entirely under her own power. In 1997, she sailed under her own power to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her launching. Most recently, the Constitution sailed under her own power to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her battle with HMS Guerriere. She was sailed by a crew of 60 sailors, all active duty members of the Navy, and fired off a 21-gun salute to adoring audiences. Clearly, she is a beautiful piece of American history.

Now you can own a piece of American history, by purchasing one of Handcrafted Model Ships very own, USS Constitution model ships. Each was designed by Master Builder Richard Norris to be as close to the design of the actual ship as possible. The handcrafted model sailboats are available in 7” miniature all the way up to the really ginormous 50” monstrosity. Each serves as a beautiful reminder of American naval power and ingenuity.

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Handcrafted Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

May 31st, 2012

It’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day, because June 17th is just around the corner. Here are some great gift ideas for yours that he’ll treasure for years to come.

Model of USS Constitution Since a lot of dads are military history buffs, why not get them a handcrafted model of a famous ship from the Age of Sail? Something like the USS Constitution – the famed American warship from the Revolutionary War that’s still with us today. Of course, if your father’s focus is more Civil War era, how about a model of either the Monitor or the Merrimack – also known as the USS Virginia? Handcrafted model ships are a great way to add a touch of class and decor to any setting – be it office or home. Furthermore, it will be a great conversation piece, inevitably bringing mention of you when the proud papa says, “My kid got me this!”

Is your father a fisherman? Then his thoughts are probably never far from his rod and reel. Why not get him a model fishing boat to rekindle the nostalgia of his last fishing trip while eagerly awaiting the next? As for dads whose imaginations have been captured by boating in general, Hand Crafted Model Ships has categories for speedboats and sailboats and even yachts. These hobbies can be rather expensive, with their cost often limiting the amount of time your father can truly enjoy them. By giving him a handcrafted model boat relevant to his favorite pastime, you’re providing an everyday escape, so he can revisit his beloved activity until the next actual excursion.

While we’re on the topic of handcrafted model ships, you might also consider the incredible RMS Titanic – which will always be a classic. As the centennial of its ill-fated maiden voyage just passed 12 April 2012, it’s on the minds and Twitter feeds of many a hobbyist and historian. Being one of the most readily recognizable ships in history, it’s never far from societal consciousness. The handcrafted model version of the Titanic comes in a variety – including a 40″ remote-controlled, with the added bonus that it won’t sink!

Speaking of RC boats, those are another wonderful gift idea for fathers seeking something more active than a lovely conversation piece. RC boats provide a built-in activity for you and your father to get together and enjoy “sailing” on the “high seas” of the local lake or swimming pool.

When we reflect back on the lives and legacies of our parents, it is these shared experiences and memories that often prove the most poignant. In that way, gifts which allow for these shared activities and time to be spent together enrich both of your lives in ways that are truly priceless. And, really, isn’t that what Father’s Day is all about?

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Whale Wars is Here

May 15th, 2012

Handcrafted Model Ships is pleased to announce that it’s been chosen by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to carry a line of 14″ model ships based on its current fleet: the Steve Irwin, the Brigitte Bardot, and the Bob Barker. This is to coincide with the fifth season premiere of Whale Wars: Viking Shores on Animal Planet; a series which follows the adventures of the Sea Shepherd fleet as they attempt to thwart whaling efforts in the Faroe Islands off the shores of Norway.

Models of Sea Shepherd Ships Brigitte Bardot and Steve Irwin

Avid environmentalists and show supporters are invited to purchase a 14″ model of their favorite vessel to raise awareness regarding global whaling. Considering the close collaboration between the Society and Handcrafted Model Ships, each is endorsed and authorized, and designed from the actual plans of the ships after which they were modeled. It’s as close as you’re gonna get to the famous boats themselves without putting on a raincoat and signing an NDA. As an added bonus, they’re constructed with actual parts from their namesake ships.

That’s right – the model Bob Barker has actual pieces of the Bob Barker boat – but, thankfully, not the man. So, come on down!

Model of the Bob Barker of Sea Shepherd

Doesn’t he make a handsome ship? Not to mention, the price is right.

Still holding out on buying these beauties? Half of the profits from each sale go directly to the Society. You may not be aboard the ship, but you’re still fighting for the cause, and, as you’d expect, each model is made from soft woods and other eco-friendly materials. Not only are you giving to a good cause, but you’re also helping to save the environment.

Better hurry, though, as there is a limited run of 1000 for each of these ships, enhancing their collectability. After that, they’re all gone.

Model of the Steve Irwin of Sea Shepherd

Now let’s have a look at the ship which started it all – the Steve Irwin. Clearly named for the late world-renowned conservationist best known as “The Crocodile Hunter”, it’s the ship upon which the show was founded and the only one featured in the first two seasons of Whale Wars. Like its late namesake, it’s seen more than its fair share of the action. In the second season, actress Daryl Hannah even served aboard it with distinction, and the Steve Irwin continues to be the flagship of the Sea Shepherd fleet – the lynchpin of anti-whaling endeavors.

Model of the Brigitte Bardot of Sea Shepherd

But even Steve has to step aside for the grace of the Brigitte Bardot; arguably the most beautiful of the fleet, akin to the Hollywood starlet for which she was named. Fans of the series recall when the Ady Gil endured a terrible collision with Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru II. It couldn’t survive the damages, however, and was soon deemed lost to the fleet, abandoned and sunk.

Like the Ady Gil, the Brigitte Bardot is a similarly-designed trimaran, but twice as large, she’s less likely to suffer her predecessor’s fate. While the impact of a rogue 36 foot wave did crack her hull, resulting in her nearly losing a pontoon, Steve safely escorted her back to port. Now having undergone repairs, Brigitte is again sailing the high-seas.

But her namesake, brought to you by Handcrafted Model Ships, is better suited to a starring role in your home or office. Then you can both support her mighty counterpart as she takes down the whalers with beauty, style – and, of course – the brave environmentalists of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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Cannon of Blackbeard’s Legendary Queen Anne’s Revenge Finally Raised!

October 31st, 2011

"concretion" encrusted cannon

As one of the most recognizable and renowned pirates in all of sailing lore, Blackbeard (Edward Teach) sailed throughout the Caribbean and up the North American east coast for three years in the early 1700s, building his fleet, wealth, and legend in the process.  The Queen Anne’s Revenge, dreaded flagship of his fleet, came to be known as a formidable vessel; one that was sadly sunk in 1718 as Blackbeard absconded with a wealth of loot. Based on Oracoke Island, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Blackbeard ran the ship aground following a week’s long blockade of the harbor in Charleston. Now, some 300 years later, the treasures of this sunken beauty are coming to the surface, exciting the minds and imaginations of scientists and nautical enthusiasts alike. As the largest underwater archeological project in America, the Queen Anne’s Revenge site has fascinated scientists since 1997, with multiple artifacts discovered, studied, and placed on display in museums throughout the country. As some of the grandest prizes, however, the massive cannons from the ship were exceptional finds, treasure troves of great historic import. Twelve cannons have been discovered thus far, with the newest one recently making headlines as it was raised from the wreckage. At 8 feet long, covered with “concretion,” or layers of sediment that form a hard shell, the cannon is a magnificent puzzle that must be carefully unlocked over the course of the next few years.

Handcrafted Model Ship's 24" Queen Anne's Revenge model ship

HMS 24" model of Queen Anne's Revenge

Though Blackbeard had received a pardon following his initial pirate activities, after a brief respite from the sea he soon returned in search of further plunder, leading soon afterwards to his death. Following his success in blockading the port of Charleston, Blackbeard became a much sought after target, pursued by British Lieutenant Robert Maynard under charge of Virgina Governor Alexander Spotswood. In what would prove to be his final battle, Blackbeard and his remaining crew were discovered in late November, 1718, and quickly blockaded by Maynard’s fleet before coming under attack. Returning fire,  Blackbeard’s pirates leapt aboard Maynard’s seemingly empty vessel only to be surprised by sailors hidden below decks. During the brief battle the legendary pirate was struck down by blade, with Maynard taking Blackbeard’s head as a trophy; hanging it from the bow of his ship as he sailed triumphantly back to shore. Though Blackbeard’s life at sea was cut short, he left the world with his fascinating story and a legendary ship that now, 300 years later, is met not with dread, but pure fascination and wonder.

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Excitement at Dana Point Tall Ship Festival!

October 5th, 2011

Early last month, September 10th and 11th, Handcrafted Model Ships was delighted to take part in the annual Dana Point Tall Ship Festival! Though a little rain started the day, sunny skies prevailed and the festival took off to great success. With most of the company on hand, including a very special appearance by Captain Dick himself, we all enjoyed the company of many new friends, a few familiar faces, and everyone involved in making this fabulous festival happen. Over two days we were able to display various ship models and discuss them in person with the ship enthusiasts who had come out for a day of sailing fun, history, and beautiful Southern California weather. As the majority of our business takes place online, these festivals are always a welcomed respite from the office, allowing us a chance to meet our customers in person, and perhaps give fans a chance to talk one on one with Captain Dick.

Aside from our booth, practically overflowing with the numerous ship models and other amazing nautical décor, yummy food booths provided perfect afternoon snacks, while tours were available aboard a few fantastic sailing vessels! It was truly amazing seeing all of the attendees in proud sailing spirit; some completely decked out in full pirate regalia! And you all thought Captain Jack Sparrow was only in the movies…anyway, a very festive mood was in the air, with people of all ages, from children to grandparents, all having a wonderful time exploring, shopping, and stopping in to visit and talk about our models.

There’s not much more one can ask for; good company, great weather, delicious food, and the serene Pacific stretching out into the distance. It was great to soak in the sun, get lost in the enchanting atmosphere, and really it’s always an incredible feeling talking with our customers in person, putting a face to a name, and truly getting to know them all. We love getting feedback, and especially seeing faces light up when we show off our new ship models, or just hanging out and talking shop, chatting about sailing. Though it was only a brief two days, we thoroughly enjoyed out time in beautiful Dana Point, had a blast touring the magnificent ships at port, snacking on the amazing food there, and of course talking about the thing we love most – Sailing!

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United States Coast Guard Tug Boat Model

September 29th, 2010

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is one of seven different branches in the armed services of America. It was established on August 4, 1790, by Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton and from that day forth has kept the waters off the shores of the Untied States secure. Matter of fact, the USCG is the United States’ oldest continuously operating seagoing service. Presently, the Coast Guide functions under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and serves primarily to carry out maritime safety, security, and stewardship. Also, the USCG is one of the only divisions of the U.S. military that has the authority to undertake missions both domestically and abroad. This becomes obvious when it is the Coast Guard who often responds when an SOS call is sent out from a ship in distress.

Tug Boat From The USCG

Since the United States Coast Guard is charged with the double duty of protecting the waters inside and outside of the United States, they employ a variety of ships. Yet, one of the most versatile and visible ships in the Coast Guards fleet is the USCG tugboat. More often than not, it is the Coast Guard who must tow ashore distressed ships that can no longer navigate under their own power. Thus, the tugboat is the best possible tool for making sure that damaged ships are able to reach shore safely. Furthermore, it is the Coast Guard’s tugboat that bears the responsibility for towing out to sea larger ships that patrol the oceans, including naval destroyers. Seeing that the USCG’s tugboat is one of the hardest working and most recognizable ships in the armed services of the United States, why not include it as part of your model ship collection?

Authentic Coast Guard Tug Boat Replica

Creating A Perfect United States Coast Guard Tug Boat Replica

Fortunately, Handcrafted Model Ships (HMS) has undertaken the task of fabricating an incredibly accurate replica of the CG’s tugboat. This way, not only will members of the Coast Guard and their friends and family seek to own HMS’s Coast Guard tugboat, but serious model ship collectors will as well. The tugboat was constructed as an exact 1:35 scale model relative to the actual boat the Coast Guard employs. Moreover, HMS built its USCG tugboat replica using the official plans and pictures of the tugboats that serve today. Finally, the replica was painstakingly painted to the same specs as the real boat. As always, the model ship comes fully assembled and ready to be displayed with a complementary base-stand.

The USCG Tug Boat Model Makes A Special Addition To Any Collection

No model ship collector or maritime enthusiast should be without the Untied States Coast Guard Tug Boat replica. It brings together an invaluable American military ship with the excellence in model shipbuilding that only Handcrafted Model Ships provides. As our customers already know, ordering could not be easier, and the USCG tugboat will arrive at your door looking just as it does on the website and ready to be admired. Order today and own a United States Coast Guard keepsake.

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