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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sailing Ship Models


Ships models give us detailed information on Wooden Ships, Sailing Ships, Tall Ships etc. The term Ship Models is often used is place of Model Ships.

The models of sailing ships are of wind-powered ships. Before the advent of the watercourse engines, sailing ships were the main means of hauling across long distances. The sailing ships were used for transporting passengers, goods, mails, supplies etc. In recent times, some of the developing countries have been using them for fishing as well as transportation. There are many tall ship schooling vessels that offer entertaining sailing experience.

In the age of sail yore, the sailing ship had decisive military purpose. The sailing ships were used in several wars. The naval battles were fought among United Kingdom, France, Spain and the Netherlands. During the time of thriving slave trade, the sailing ships were used to transport large number of slaves from countries in the African continent to the United States.

Sailing ships consist of a hull, rigging, and a pole to grip the sails, which in turn tap the wind to power the ships. Counterbalancing helps to keep the bottom of the ship firm; and for this reason, the waves can’t topple the ship over. Those vessels, which have three or more masts, are called sailing ships whereas the rest are just sailing boats.

Fine sailing model ships are displayed at the impressive American Marine Model Gallery in Salem, Massachusetts.

Sailing ship models are available with hundred of dealers in the world. The price ranges from $100 to $400. However, the cost of the museum-quality sailing models can be up to $15,000!

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