Building Wooden Ships
Master builder takes pride in building history
Bob Duncan has been building models since he was 10 years old. At 93, not much has changed.
"I love building models," said Duncan, master model builder, Maritime Museum of San Diego. "I've got two or three around here that I've built. I'm retired and I love working here because it keeps me going. I've got grand kids, I've got great grand kids, and I want to be with them as long as I can."
"Each model tells a story in part because of what its function was when it was built," said Kevin Sheehan, manager of the collections, Maritime Museum of San Diego. "Some of what you might call museum quality or museum grade, which means they are meant to illustrate to a visitor or to the public in general how a vessel looked, it might not exist anymore in reality, but you can look at it and say okay, 400 years ago - 300 years ago, this is how people sailed across the ocean. Our models are almost like a celebration of naval architecture and indeed of model making itself."
Duncan is a master builder, and currently he's the only one of his kind at the museum.