Americans have always been a people on the move—on rails, roads, and waterways (for travel through the air, visit the National Air and Space Museum). In the transportation collections, railroad objects range from tools, tracks, and many train models to the massive 1401, a 280-ton locomotive built in 1926. Road vehicles include coaches, buggies, wagons, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and automobiles—from the days before the Model T to modern race cars. The accessories of travel are part of the collections, too, from streetlights, gas pumps, and traffic signals to goggles and overcoats.
In the maritime collections, more than 7,000 design plans and scores of ship models show the evolution of sailing ships and other vessels. Other items range from scrimshaw, photographs, and marine paintings to life jackets from the Titanic.
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- The Columbia was designed by N. G. Herreshoff and built in the winter of 1898-1899 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island. It was owned by J. Pierpont Morgan and Edwin D. Morgan. Columbia was a fin keel sloop measuring 131.7 feet in length, 24.24 feet in beam, 19.6 feet in depth, and 102 tons. In 1899 it won the America's Cup, beating the British Shamrock owned by Sir Thomas Lipton. In 1901 it successfully defeated the Shamrock II, becoming the first yacht to ever win consecutive America's Cup races. In 1913 Columbia was broken up at Hawkins Yard in City Island, New York. The painting shows a starboard view of the yacht under full sail. Carlton Theodore Chapman (1860-1925) was an American marine and landscape painter.
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- Chapman, Carlton Theodore
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center