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Drawn by Alfred Brennan. Owned by Thomas Shields Clarke


made by a sailor. To the fastidious model- scended to tell him that there were none: lover it is a work of loveliness above the they were “all blocks on shipboard." water-line, but carries contradiction with Although his penchant is for models of it, like the skeleton at the feast, because sailing-ships only, and he cares nothing it has not hull enough to float a toy-boat. for those of steam-vessels, Mr. Wiles was

Mr. Wiles's brig of 1812 has three very glad to pick up, as one of his collecsmall boats, two of them carried outboard. tion, a neglected model of one of our pubThere is a real compass, which works, in lic ships of the time when builders had not her miniature binnacle, and there is a real yet confidence enough in steam-power to wheel just abaft it. The wooden guns pro- do away entirely with sails. He was wanjecting from her ports were carved out bydering through the Washington navy-yard hand, as were the masts and all the rest of when he fell into conversation with an old the ship. She looks so businesslike, it seems sailor who had obtained an unimportant as though she should be spoken of as a ship post as an attendant in the yard. The old rather than as a model. That Mr. Wiles tar, in discussing models, said, in response was three years in making her will not to a question whether he knew where any seem a surprising statement when it is told might be obtained, that he had at his home that there are in her rigging more than one which he had rescued from an unfive hundred blocks of various kinds. To timely and undignified end, not because he see these half a thousand blocks rigged on wanted the model, but because, as a genuthis two-foot model is to recall with some ine old son of the sea, he could not stand vividness the old sailor's joke on the land- idly by and endure its ignominy. lubber, whom the tar asked to figure out It had been made by some painstaking how many pulleys there were on his ship. enthusiast, but had passed into careless And when the landsman had computed hands, and at last had been given to some awhile, the shell-back, grinning, conde- of the officers' children to play with . As


they were battering it idly to pieces about model of her that is exact even to the the yard, our sailorman determined to ap- double skin and ribs. The model passed propriate it, that it might at least be held at length to a Sixth Avenue fish-store, in honor by a real lover of the sea. He where at first it was an object of pride. had not repaired it, but had taken it to his But, alas! the carefully stitched sails behome. He said that it was, he thought, a came soiled, and the tidy fishmonger model of Admiral Farragut's famous old pitched them away and replaced them with Hartford. At his noon-hour he went home home-made canvases — Beau Brummel atand fetched it, and it now rests where it tired by a seamstress! will receive the care it deserves. Mr. But Mr. Wiles got her, and she is a Wiles thinks it is not a model of the Hart- beauty. She is seven feet long from the ford, but rather of one of the general type tip of the jib-boom to the end of the mainof American steam frigates of about 1861, boom. She is seventeen and one half inches such as was the Merrimac before she was in beam, has a depth of hold of five inches, made into an ironclad. He has fixed up and the maintopmast rises four feet, six the model, which has most of its standing inches above the deck. She has a notably rigging up, but no sails.

fine stern to slip down the waves; her There is another model with a curious cabin is fitted with a round seat; she has lineage in the Wiles collection. It is that hatches, a hold; and a veritable scuttleof an old oyster schooner which used to butt, or water-barrel, rests in its chocks on ply from New York, and is about as near the deck. perfect as the model-collector is likely to Several model-collectors had been lying find. The schooner was the Hausman, low for a model which for years was held and her owner was so proud of her in the at a high price by an international dealer old time that he had the builder make a of New York. Not long ago it came un

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Drawn by Alfred Brennan, Built by Irving R. Wiles


der the hammer at a sale. The collectors head is a lion, which wears a crown. The walked quietly and unobtrusively into the mainstay is looped about the mast by a gallery and seated themselves where they slip-knot, which is moused to keep it from would not attract attention. For fear of slipping. An old-fashioned windlass sweeps meeting foes, they did not look for friends, all the way athwartships just abaft the and the bidding went quietly on. The foremast, and above the center of it is an model is now in the Wiles collection, and arched belfry. a curious one it is. It is a model of a In The Village Belle, a type of the Dutch East-Indiaman of the seventeenth Long Island scalloper, a shallow, broad, century, though it reached this country by centerboard sloop for working in bay way of Germany. It is fitted for guns, as waters, Mr. Wiles has perhaps made his were all the big merchantmen of the time, most accurate and finished work. She is and it has three decks, although it is not fifteen inches long, and even in her chocks technically a “three-decker.” It is so care- seems as though resting in the water, so fully made that the inner skin may be seen. perfect are her lines in entrance and run. The model is very old, but the upper spars It is a peculiarity of Mr. Wiles that he of the full-rigged ship of the time are all tries to make the models which he constanding.

structs look as the ships or boats actually The planking has been carefully, but did or do when performing their natural clumsily done, the clumsy work there con- functions on the seas. In this scalloper, one trasting strangely with the delicate lad- can not overlook the spring of the bowders, or companionways, that lead from sprit, the topmast pitched forward, the deck to deck. The craft has odd, orna- boom bent up at the end, as booms get in mental wales, and a similar top-timber- working-boats from being supported at the line, and her quarter-galleries are done in end by the topping-lift. And forward is the yellow, red, gold, and black. The figure- club, or false jib-boom, which working

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boats sometimes use, so that the jib may be appliances with which to meet them; the operated from aft by one sheet in coming same problems, and only the personal reabout. She has, too, the figurehead which sources for grappling with them; no mafishermen put even upon yachts that they chinery. This is the free life of the sea, make over into working-boats, as they do with all that it means and all its chances." not like the straight bow of the yacht. This model of a Long Island working

Aboard are anchor and cable, the all- boat will probably some time be the center essential "ground tackle." A galley-pipe of one of the most interesting collections of or chimney projects above the cabin deck, models which a private collector is likely for the scalloper cooks aboard his craft; to get together, if Mr. Wiles carries out the cabin doors are open, the companion- an intention he has formed. It is his deway slide is pushed forward, the sliding sire to secure models of the fishing-craft window-covers, or port-shutters, of the of all regions and all nations. No vessels cabin are opened; the forward hatch is that float are more picturesque than those divided by the centerboard, and the center- in which the fishers among all coast peoples board pendant is taut, the board being go about their piscatorial pursuits. A Vehauled up. An altogether right little, tight netian fisherman's boat may be seen on page little, shipshape craft is The Village Belle. 523 of this paper. As the marine-painter

There may be a personal reason for the scorns the smart yachts, with their imgratifying success of the amateur model- maculate canvas, and makes his pictures of maker in this miniature boat. One day, the weathered working-boats, with their seated aft in a small sailboat, cruising on patched and stained and mildewed sails, Block Island Sound, with the Atlantic so the model-collector, with an eye to the rollers coming along, and sometimes comb- picturesque in his fad, comes to admire the ing, constant reminders of the possibilities boats and vessels in which men rough it in of the great open beyond, Mr. Wiles re- all weathers-boats that take on an air marked with delight:

and substance of the sea that never at"We enjoy no advantage over the earlier taches to the prim pleasure-craft, or even mariners in this boat— the same elements to the ocean giants of commercial transto contend with and virtually the same portation.

A large undertaking, and the work of The Indiaman model bears the white years, it will be to acquire such a collec- stripe along her sides which the East-Indiation as a representative lot of the world's men had in order to make them resemble fishing-craft; but if a man has never known frigates while at sea, and so discourage pertinacity before, he becomes a personifi- pirates at a distance. The chief difference cation of it when he develops into a col- in long-range appearance between these lector and tastes the joys of adding new merchantmen and the frigates was in the specimens to his cherished possessions. In rigging, the merchantmen not being so the case of Mr. Wiles, he will unquestion- heavily rigged as the war-ships; and at a ably build some of these models, for he distance skilled men had to distinguish will hunt till he finds plans, or, failing between them by this fact. that, will build from pictures; but the The collecting of models seems to run

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work of searching for existing models of somewhat among artists and lovers of art these boats invites his assiduous attention in this city, some collecting for the love for many moons to come in the hours to of the models and the sea, and some, perbe devoted to the model-collection.

haps, merely with an eye to the real beauty What for a time at least will be the in a fine model of a rolling chariot of the last of his self-built old-time great vessels, great waters. Among other collectors in a British East-Indiaman with thirty-six New York who possess several fine models guns, has an added interest as it pictures are Thomas Shields Clarke, A. W. Drake, 'not merely a British East-Indiaman, but, and Carleton T. Chapman. The late in point of type, the Bonhomme Richard Stanford White was another. Mr. Drake of illustrious memory; for it will be re- has a Spanish caravel and an East Indiacalled that to the immortal Paul Jones man among others. His caravel is a model was given not a war-ship, but an India- of Columbus's Santa Maria which was man, and with the Indiaman he won his made in Spain and sent by the Spanish terrific battle with the more powerful Government to this country at the time Serapis.

of the Columbian Exposition. Mr. Chap

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