Lecture: “A Life in Ship Models” by Rob Napier

September 21, 2023 6:00 pm

Ship modeling has been Rob Napier’s passion since he was five. After dabbling in other fields, he devoted himself to a full-time modeling career that has now spanned fifty years. He bases his original full-hull and half-hull models on primary historical, photographic, and artistic documentation. He has developed a specialty for maintaining institutional model collections and preparing them for exhibition. In addition to exposing Rob to broad ranges of model and vessel types, working with professional curatorial and conservation staffs taught him diverse perspectives and techniques he would not have encountered otherwise. His affiliations include the New York Yacht Club; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the U.S. Naval Academy Museum; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

Rob has consistently shared his experiences by writing and lecturing. He has published over a 150 articles and reviews and edited the Nautical Research Journal for more than five years in the 1990s. His two previous books were published by SeaWatch Books in 2008 and 2010.

Rob served as a U.S. Navy journalist during two combat cruises to Southeast Asia in the 1960s. He has experience with yacht racing and cruising, small boat building, and commercial fishing. Rob lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with his wife Sherry Moore.

September 21, 2023

In-Person Reception begins at 6 pm
Lecture begins at 7 pm, Eastern

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