Ship Model of an American Two-Masted Brig

Donated by the CIGNA Corporation of Philadelphia, PA, this model is of an unknown but fully rigged 19th century American two-masted brig. Adapted from the British brigantine, American brigs were built as early as the 18th century and used frequently by the U.S. Navy. Brigs were extremely efficient and economical and were also used by coastal sea traders and in the West Indies trade.
This particular model was commissioned around 1924 by Captain Frederick Williamson of Snug Harbor, which was a rest home for retired sailors in New York. It was ordered at the same time as 2005.0279.069.
Currently not on view
Object Name
ship model
date made
ca 1924
Williamson, Frederick
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 30 in x 46 in x 14 in; 76.2 cm x 116.84 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Maritime
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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