Topsail Schooner O.J. HALE, built in Trenton, MI, 1874 Photo: Harry R. Enlow
Captain H.C. Inches Model Ship Collection
(Great Lakes Historical Society)
The Great Lakes have played a vital role in
the development of the many communities along the north-coast
of Ohio. Not only have the Great Lakes been an important
inspiration for maritime architecture, military strategy and
innovations in commercial industry, the Inland Seas have more
recently played an integral role in the revitalization of the
region with respect to tourism and the recreational industry.
Currently, the Inland Seas Maritime Museum illustrates this
important aspect of the community through a one-of-a-kind
collection of model ships that sailed the Great Lakes.
The Inches Collection, named for Captain H. Chesley
Inches, consists of dozens of model ships built by Captain Inches
while he served as a captain on the Great Lakes in the first half
of the 20th century. The models range from a schooner gunboat
involved in the Battle of Lake Erie to a 1000-foot modern day
freighter that supplies northeast Ohio industry with raw materials
like iron ore and coal. This collection allows the Inland Seas
Maritime Museum to teach young and old alike the political,
economic and social history of this region through the medium of
model ships. Created from Inches' experience and memory of life on
the Great Lakes, these models are priceless folk art creations that
tell this region's story like no other medium can.
Originally submitted by: Paul E. Gillmor, Representative (5th District).
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