From SPRITE to BELISARIUS Project
We hope to create the background materials for a professional exhibit designer to make sense of the Hall of Boats' wooden boat collection for visitors (and docents, alike.) The first task is to develop a time-line and list of critical wooden sailing boats of HMCo, and to document the stories that surround them. Many of these boats are in our collection, others exist as models.
RWU has signed up to help us with several documentaries, such as of HH12.5, S-Boats, NYYC classes, Buzzard's Bay classes where boats still exist and can become multi-media productions.
This effort also fits into our Campus Capital Campaign and renovation of One Burnside, and so is critical.
This effort also provides background material for a professional exhibit designer and fits into our capital campaign. It also ties into grants from Van Beuren and matching private donor for this effort.
The scope of this project is three fold:
1. Naval Craft
2. Private yachts, launches & commercial boats
3. The Technology of HMCo steam systems
As with wooden boat effort noted above, we need to identify critical boats in the private yacht, launches and commercial craft category and then tell their stories. If you have a
background with steam technology, your knowledge would be extremely useful as well. There are also stories relating to the Cuban insurgency and Teddy Roosevelt that need to be fleshed out and documented. Naval War College Museum is assisting.