Sea History 074 - Summer 1995

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City to repairthe base of the 82-year-old Long Island tower. The Coast G uard had intended to tear dow n the unsafe structu re, but leased it, instead, to the group fo r ten years. Under the term s of the lease, they have until 1998 to full y res tore the li ghthouse.

Offe ri ng an exte nsive se lection of fu lly documented, one of a kind ship models, by the world's finest marine mode l artists. A lso : restorations, appra isa ls, disp lay cases, lighti ng and custom bu ilt models.

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Museum News Among the new permanent ga lle ries at the Yorktown Victory Center is an ex hi bit te lling the story of ships lost or sc uttl ed durin g the 178 1 S iege of Yorktown and sti ll lying at the bottom of the ri ver. The centerpiece of "Yorktown 's Sunken Fleet" is a rec reati o n of part of the excavation site of the Briti sh supp ly ship Betsy, the most extens ively studied of the wrecks. Artifacts fro m the ship are ex hi bited with a detailed model of the Betsy. The April opening of the new galleries cul mi nated a $3.86 m il lion, two-year renovation of the Victory Center. (Jamestown-Yorktown Foun dation, PO Drawe r JF, Willi amsburg VA 23 187-3630; 804 253-4 138) The fasc inating and turbulent h istory of the Mississippi Ri ver has come to life in the Mi ssissippi River Museum 's ex hibit "Magnificent River: The Mississippi from Minnesota to Missouri" (2 1 March- 17 September 1995). T he exhibit uncovers the relationship be tween people and the ri ver, exploring the river's geological evolution, the golden age of steamboating, the preservation of the ri ver's natu ral reso urces and its po te ntial fo r to uri sm . (MRM , PO Box 266 , Dubuque IA 52004-0266; 319 557-9545)

America's Glory Revisited The America's Cup may be leav ing US shores, but another symbol of Ame ri ca's greatest yachting success is just arriving. Thi s summer, a reproduction of the schooner America, which won the One Hundred G uinea Cup , now the America's Cup, in 1851 , will be launched in the Port of Albany, New York. The rec reation has been commiss ioned by Schooner America USA and is be ing built at Scarano Boat Building in Albany. While America will look like the original George Steers-designed schooner above water, she will be an example of the latest in modern boat design and will be campaigned as a world wide ambassador, demonstrating, in the words of her origi nators, "American exce lle nce in technology development, craftsmanship, and ingenuity." (Schooner Ame rica (Continued page 39) SEA HISTORY 74, SUM MER 1995

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