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Catalog Number 00295.1
Object Name Model
Description 41" long; 30.5" high; 6" wide. Ship is loosely mounted on a wooden base with 2 V-shaped projections in which the hull fits. Hull contains 2 parallel rows of open portals on each side-the top row portals are round; the bottom rectangular; aft end of side hull has 12 square portals. Black string riggings. 3 masts with bowsprit. Aft end has 5 portals in a vertical row. No anchors.
Ship models together with a framed picture of Rev. E.M. Gregson and his home. These ship models are original with Rev. Gregson, he used no blueprints and had never seen a ship. With crude tools, a pocket knife mainly and the use of a small hand saw and plane, he fashioned from native woods of walnut, hickory and cherry, two complete ship models. The body of his first craft was carved from a solid block of walnut. The second is more beautifully made from pieces of walnut, cut, fit and blended with the feeling of the artist. Trimmings are of hickory in natural ivory tint and the upper deck cabinet work, complete even to life boats, is made of cherry wood. The details of the stern of the models take on the appearance of the old Spanish vessels of ancient times. Rev. Gregson says "It isn't a type of boat, it is an original idea - everything is on the craft that is on the average ship and yet it is different and my idea of a ship". One is 27 inches in length and height, the other 36 inches in length and 30 inches to top main mast. Rev. E.M. Gregson departed from this life Sept 1, 1943, during his pastorate at the Baptist Church at Eldon, Iowa. The donor is the wife of Rev. Gregson. Note: glass case only returned to donor May 3, 1976
Source Gregson, Mrs. Mary E.
Received Date 11/03/1943