passing the Wolf Trap Lighthouse, which sits on a shoal directly off of Mathews County.
The Schooner Virginia was commissioned by the Virginia Pilot Association and built in 1916 in Staten Island, New York. She was a knockabout schooner, which means, having no bowsprit, all sails could be handled on the deck, and it was therefore possible to handle her with a very short crew, which was ideal for her mission as a pilot boat in the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. She was also used as a training vessel that had no auxiliary power at first and was only subsequently equipped with a 75 hp engine.
carved of basswood. A thin tipped
drafting pen was used to mimic the deck seams and the masts were turned from
strips of yellow pine. All the deck fittings and the wheel are created from tiny watch pieces and sails are cut from archival calligraphy paper to avoid future deterioration or discoloration due to acid. The cove stripe on the hull is gold paint, and you can even read the hand painted name on its blue flame. Overall, the relationship between ship and lighthouse are as close to scale as possible at this miniature size.
made from wire and string, windows and doors are paper, and the light tower is a piece of plastic tube with a shard of glass glued inside to reflect and appear as the light.