From the story of the world's only surviving tea clipper, Cutty Sark, and the voyages of discovery made by Captain Cook's sloop HMS Resolution, to the evolution of shipbuilding and design through the ages, we delve into the fascinating history of ships and boats.
In the 19th century, MP Samuel Plimsoll campaigned for load lines to be painted on the side of ships to prevent them being overloaded and sinking.
While almost every ship model is different in its treatment of hull form and details, they fall into two principal types: the frame model and the block model.
Launching ceremonies of times past were often more barbarous than the champagne tradition of today.
From Viking longships and 14th century carracks to 18th century battleships, the way ships were built evolved greatly between 800 and 1800.
Models of Royal Navy ships were made by order of the Navy Board. Little is known about the men who built these models but, thanks to their surviving works, we know how their models were made.