Currently, The National Yacht Club has about 15 model ships in its care. These vary from model sailing ships to crabbers, and are mostly displayed within the stair well heading towards the Dining Room. Have you ever wondered where these models came from? Did you ever wonder what boats they represent and the story behind them? I’ve picked two out of the group as I’ve had something to do with each of them.The first one is a new arrival at NYC. It was donated by the builder, Jack Wood, back in June of this year. The ship is a 1:95 scale model of HMS Victory, the flagship Admiral Horatio Nelson used to lead the British fleet against the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in October, 1805. Jack had spent 12 years working on this model from a kit. It is a truly remarkable model! When he completed it in the spring, he looked for a home that would be able to display it. As you will have noticed, in her current location, she’s hard to be able to fully appreciate the workmanship and detail that has been put into this model. To provide a better location for her, there are plans to build a permanent display case in the Lobby.
And if you are ever in Portsmouth, England, plan on making a visit to see the real ship. She is still a commissioned vessel within the Royal Navy and the tour is well worth the time!
And if you do happen to know about any of the models that are on display within the stairwell, please provide the office with your information. In that way, NYC will be able to maintain the information about the model, and the donors, for future reference.
Don Weston, Director, Mooring Committee.