Midland Maritime Museum

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.

Schedule of Events

Opening Tour

Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. featuring a walking tour of the collection led by Mr. Shaffer himself. 

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.

Life in the Age of Sail - Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 p.m.

Women in the Age of Sail - Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 p.m.

Henry VIII's Flagship: The Mary Rose - Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.

Trafalgar: A Battle that Changed the World - Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.

Vasa: Up from the Depths - Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 p.m.

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. 

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