The Nantucket (LV112) was a lightship that played a crucial role as a beacon and waypoint before the era of modern aids to navigation. She was built in 1936 and stationed sixty miles offshore on the edge of the Nantucket Shoals. She was stationed at the beginning of the major ship channel into New York Harbor. This lightship guided transoceanic ships to and from US east coast ports and through some of the most dangerous shipping lanes in the world for 39 years. She was the first symbol of America seen by thousands of immigrants.
BlueJacket Shipcrafters, Inc. has been in continuous operation for many years. The company was founded in 1905 by a U.S. Navy Department architect and head of the Navy’s model shop in Washington, DC. They are the oldest ship modeling company in the U.S. They specialize in the design and manufacture of wooden model kits and model ship fittings. All work is performed by their craftsmen and is not outsourced.
This is an intermediate level model.