Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Toy Boats at Greenwich National Maritime Museum

I went recently to this very interesting exhibition. The world famous London National Maritime Museum in Greenwich has an exhibition of toy boats. This runs until 31 October 2010 and is free to enter.
Firstly, I must apologise for my poor photographs, they give you an idea, but I couldn't use flash, so they look a bit odd.
It is a small but perfectly formed exhibition with some very rare items. Early games, wooden Noah's Ark and lots of amazing tinplate boats.
Many of the boats are French from the Musee national de la Marine in Paris.
This is a Marklin battleship H.M.S. Terrible
This boy riding on top of a speed boat amused me, this is spirit-fired.
This French toy of two bisque dolls rowing is just wonderful.

This is a very charming river boat with sun canopy.

If you can get there, it is well worth a visit and the rest of the museum is very interesting. We travelled there by boat, the Clipper service is very good and fun. This is some pics of the return journey at sunset, passing Canary Wharf.

Visit their website for more details Greenwich Maritime Museum

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