Midland Maritime Museum

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Midland Maritime Museum exhibit 

AT THE centennial library FROM SEPTEMBER 17-DECEMBER 14  

On Loan from the artist

The Midland Maritime Museum exhibition features more than 15 replica ships including warships and merchant vessels from as early as the 1600s. Midland County Public Libraries will debut a self-guided audio tour with artist Hugh “Andy” Shaffer revealing stories and secrets behind the ships. Look for additional exhibit-related programming with the artist while the exhibition remains on view.

See the complete exhibit through October 31. Five ships pertaining to the exhibit: Manufacturing Victory will remain on display through December 14.

Schedule of Events


To request an exhibit tour with Mr. Shaffer for your group, please submit this Request Form. 

Upcoming Gallery Talks

The exhibition’s creator, Andy Shaffer, is bringing the ships of the fleet to life with a series of talks about maritime and naval history. 

For more information on Mr. Shaffer's ships, please visit his website: Shaffer's Maritime Museum.

The USS Constitution: An American Icon - Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 p.m.

Building Wooden Ship Models: Hours of Making Sawdust - Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 p.m.

Mini Model Ships - Thursday, December 12, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Send the Maritime exhibit off in style and make your own miniature model ship with the master model ship builder himself, Mr. Andy Shaffer! Registration is requested, please follow this link to reserve a spot: https://forms.gle/MZNJeVrpkSH4FWmD6

Highlights from the Collection 

The earliest tall ship in the exhibit, the Mary Rose, was the flagship of King Henry VIII of England during his wars with France in the 1500s. The model of the Vasa allows one to easily see why the vessel was so top-heavy that she only managed to sail about 1300 yards on her maiden voyage before she rolled over and sank in Stockholm harbor. In the exhibit are versions of USS Constitution or “Old Ironsides” and the British man-of-war HMS Victory. Both of these models have wood incorporated into them which is wood from the original ships. The clipper ship Cutty Sark, which is the most modern of the tall ships in the exhibit, also has wood from the original ship incorporated into the model. The Charles W. Morgan shows the details of a whaling vessel from the period when whaling provided the oil for lamps and lubrication, thus making the Morgan the forerunner of today’s modern petroleum industry. All six of the real ships which these models depict are still in existence today, in various states of preservation.

Ship Model by Andy Shaffer