Meet Jimmy – The Amazing Model Man Of Belhaven

By US Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn On a sunny April afternoon, in a town where the Pantego Creek meets the Pungo River, just northwest of the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina’s Inner Banks region, a 70-year-old man on an old-fashioned bicycle glides down a dirt lane, lined with humble homes. He wears a gritty, somehow gentle expression on his tan, … [Read more...]

For The Child Within Us: The World’s Biggest Ships Scaled As Wood Toys

[Image via PostlerFerguson] Like it or not, the holiday season (yes the holidays) are quickly approaching and every year we try to find some cool nautical gift ideas for the kids and adults alike.  Luckily for us, our favorite cool transportation blog Telstar Logistics points us to  an array of maritime themed items by the UK based PostlerFerguson.  Among these items, you'll … [Read more...]

New “Q-Max” LNG Carrier for Port Revel

In 2009, Sogreah, a firm of consulting engineers working in the fields of water, energy and the environment, launched the Otello, a 1:25 scale model of one of the world's largest container carriers. This event was part of the celebrations to mark the extension of its shiphandling training center, Port Revel. On March 29, to open the 2010 season, Sogreah will launch the … [Read more...]

Manned Models – An Unusual Training Device

From the gCaptain archives... Our friend Peter Mello at Sea-Fever, a must read maritime blog, brings us the model building obsession of William Terra. This one stopped me cold for a number of reasons. First Battleships have been a personal obsession of mine since childhood and were the subject of the weapons presentation during my plebe year at Annapolis. Second, these … [Read more...]

Ship Model Of The Week – Disney Magic

When shipping companies spend millions or hundreds of millions of dollars building a new ship they often follow up with a model that's a fraction of the size and price for the Company's Headquarters. Such was the case after Disney built it's first cruise ship the Disney Magic. This model was built by one of the best in the business, Miami based Maritime Replicas. They tell … [Read more...]