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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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What to Consider When Purchasing Model Ships

April 16th, 2010

Model Ships Under Fifty Dollars

There are many things to consider when purchasing model ships. For instance, how much money are you willing to spend on your models? How is the quality of the model ship in relation to the price? Do you fancy a particular time period? These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself when you are considering purchasing model ships. The price range of ship models can be anywhere from below fifty dollars to upwards of ten thousand! That is why it is important to determine how much money you are going to budget toward your hobby. As such, the quality of the ship models should also correlate well with the model ship’s price. If the ship is over a thousand dollars, and the quality of the ship seems lackluster, then it probably is not a good idea to buy it. Also, to narrow down your search for model ships you should already know which time periods speak to you. Do you like Civil War ships? How about pirate ships? Maybe you have a diverse range of tastes. Either way, once you know what to look for you are already half way there.

Consider the Amount of Money You are Willing to Spend

If you are on a low model ship budget, then handcraftedmodelships.com offers a lot of inexpensive model ships. Specifically, there are a lot of model ships under fifty dollars, such as the seven inch Caribbean Pirate, which is only $9.99. The Caribbean Pirate is great for those not looking to spend much money, and those who are beginning to start collecting.

If your model ship budget is a bit higher, than the Carnival Destiny is a great ship for you. This model ship comes in at $179.99. This is a great mid-range model ship that you should definitely consider when purchasing model ships.

Consider the Quality of the Model Ships

Being such a inexpensive ship model, the Caribbean Pirate forgoes wood and plastic, as it is made entirely out of resin. There are not many intricate details, but it is still a very nice ship considering the price.

The Carnival Destiny is a scale replica of the actual cruise ship, and is made 100% from the finest rare woods, such as mahogany, rosewood, birch, maple, and yellow siris. The Carnival Destiny was recreated faithfully using such things as drawings, actual photos, and even the ship’s plans. The amount of detail and work that went into this ship is definitely appreciated by the price of the Carnival Destiny.

Consider the History and Culture of the Model Ships

If you are inclined toward pirate ships, then the Caribbean Pirate may seem like a sensible choice depending on your budget and quality considerations. It is a common choice for many model ship collectors, and at such a low price the Caribbean Pirate is definitely a great trinket that will humble your collection.

The Carnival Destiny is a cruise ship owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. If you are interested in cruise ships and have a higher budget to play with then this ship is definitely of quality and will match your interests.

Once all things have been considered, you can safely begin to make your decision as to which model ship(s) to purchase. These three things (budget, quality, and history) are just a few of the considerations to ponder when perusing model ships. Make sure to take your time and to thoroughly examine what you and your model ship collection are missing before you settle on a final purchase.

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The Best Model Ships for Children

April 5th, 2010

Ships in a Bottle

While the hobby of model ship collecting can seem a bit stuffy at times, not everything in it is so mundane. There are many model ships out there that emphasize imagination and fun above everything else. Therefore, model ships are not restricted to adults but can also be pastimes of children as well. There is also a plethora of model ships out there that appeal to children because they are mysterious, spooky, and/or simply fun to play with. Children have vivid imaginations that tend to run wild, and when paired with a model ship there are all sorts of adventures for them to get into to. From ships in a bottle, to pirate ships, to remote controlled speed boats, kids can have plenty of fun with model ships.

The Cutty Sark Ship in a Bottle

Kids love ships in bottles. The Cutty Sark Ship in a Bottle makes a great toy for your kid to share at their school’s show and tell. Other children will be fascinated and wonder how the ship managed to get inside the bottle. However, with a kids overactive mind chances are the ship in a bottle will eventually find itself afloat up a creek or stream! The Cutty Sark is only $19.99, and is 11″ in length, 4″ in width, and 5″ in height.

The Caribbean Pirate

The Caribbean Pirate is another great model ship for children. Pirate ships are fascinating to our imaginations and children will love to have and play with their very own pirate ship! The Caribbean Pirate ship is made out of resin and is painted black, white, and burgundy. This model is only $9.99, and is 7″ long, 2″ wide, and 6″ high.

The RC Chris Craft Dual Cockpit

The model ships children will love most are without a doubt the remote controlled speed boats. These boats, while expensive, offer the most fun out of all of the model ships for children. The RC Chris Craft Dual Cockpit is a fast speed craft that gets up to 25 mph! With such a high speed, children will have countless hours of fun with this speedboat. This model is also realistically created, with gauges that resemble the real thing and are not simply painted on. Furthermore, it is made from heartwood honduras mahogany, which is one of the finest mahoganies available and is usually used on actual boats. At $699, this model ship may be a little steep in the price range, but it is guaranteed that your children will have fun with it.

Usually, the best model ships for children are found to be the models that cater to the imagination and to an overall fun experience. There are many model ships out there that are suitable for children. You simply just have to figure out what your child favors and then go from there. Model ship collecting is a fun hobby and it is never too early to start!

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