The Science Museum in London
The Science Museum in South Kensington, London is part of the National
Museum of Science and Industry. The museum is a major London tourist
attraction. It holds a collection of items focusing on development of
science and technology, including such famous items as one of
Stephenson's early locomotives, the first jet engine and a
reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson's model of DNA. The
museum houses many objects around a medical theme.
What seems to be less reported is the museum's excellent collection of
ship models, showing the development of naval technology from ancient
Greek and Roman galleys to the steamers of the 20th century. I visited
the museum in December 2007 and found the contemporary ship models of
the great age of sail the finest collection I ever saw.
There is more information on the museum in the homepage of the
Wikipedia holds a good article on the
Science Museum, too.
To give you an idea about the excellent quality of that exhibition I
show photographs of some of the contemporary models. They are well lit
and on the backside equipped with mirrors to make every detail clearly
The photo above shows one of a group four models: HMS Inconstant of
1783, HMS Endymion 1779, HMS Achilles 1757 and HMS Warrior 1781. I took
some pictures of them, being 1.3 MB in total. If you click on a photo
you will get that photo in high resolution. If you use Microsoft
Internet Explorer or Firefox, press F11 to minimize navigation bars and
have a larger screen with the photos:
High resolution photos of four 18th century contemporary ship
21 pictures 600 * 400 pixels, in total 1.3 MB. If you click on a picture
you will get the high resolution image 4368 * 2912 pixels.
There many more fine models like the
1670 contemporary model of HMS Prince, the
naval cutter of the end of the 18th century, the
paddle frigates of the 1840s, the
steamer Great Western of 1837, the
steamer Scotia of 1861, the
blockade runner Colonel Lamb during the American Civil War in 1864,
harbour tug Dromedary of 1894 and the small
steamer St. Patrick of 1913. These models shown here are just a few
of a magnificent large collection.
If you look for something really old: just around the corner of the
Science museum is the
Natural History Museum where you are greeted by the skeleton of a 26
m dinosaur in the main entrance hall. They have some more dinosaurs on
display, small, large and very large.