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Back in the 30’s makers built scaled down versions of sailing ships and sailed them around – “Amateur boat builders in many parts of the world are going down to the sea in midget ships. They are putting off in men-of-war, square-rigged traders, ocean liners, and superdreadnoughts barely larger than rowboats, yet reproducing in every detail ships that are famous in nautical history. Off the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in the summer, Capt. Carl von Zielinski, of Staten Island, N. Y., maneuvers his Isobel III, an eighteen-foot reproduction of an early American trading brig. It is complete even to the black disk painted on the fore-topsail, the insignia of the famous Black Ball Line of clippers and packets.”Link.