Love boats? Get your fill at Museum's 'Commanders of the Craft' exhibit

Nov 06, 2017
Photo by: Edmonds Historial Museum The Virginia V is the last survivor of the once more than 2,000 steam packets collectively known as the Mosquito Fleet that plied Puget Sound in the early 1900s.

The Edmonds Historic Museum's new exhibit, "Commanders of the Craft," focuses on the world of boats old and new and includes an array of detailed scale-boat models – many several feet long – from fire boats to Viking longboats and Jacque Cousteau’s oceanographic vessel Calypso.

The exhibit includes local classics like the Virginia V, last survivor of the once-2,000 strong Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet, an iconic mahogany Chris Craft runabout and the USS Constitution.

“Bear,” the work of local ship modeler Gloria Osberg, who, along with husband John, is a long-time Edmonds Museum supporter. On loan from the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, “Bear” is a meticulously detailed 19th-century steam barkentine measuring more than 5 feet from bowsprit to stern, and is a prime example of model-making skill and attention to detail.

“Commanders of the Craft” runs through Jan. 7.

The museum is at 118 Fifth Ave. N. It is open year-round between 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5, $2 for students.

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