SSHSA'S VIRTUAL MUSEUM

Model in a Shadow Box
Maker unknown
Painted wood & paper

This item is a shadowbox portraying a sailing ship. The sails are 3-dimensional and constructed of paper, whereas the rest of the ship is painted onto the wooden "canvas." Note the birds flying off the stern, and small lighthouse in the left-hand corner. 

The Steamship Historical Society of America is dedicated to the history and preservation of powered vessels; however, it is the first to acknowledge that sailing vessels are the ancestors of powered vessels and therefore, sailing vessels are important to the history of the powered vessel.   For this reason it is appropriate for paintings of sailing ships to be depicted in this museum.

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