William Tompkins built 307 different model ships at a scale of 1/600. Mr. Tompkins started building his massive collection when he was in his early teens, and he continued to make highly detailed models throughout his lifetime. The fleet of model ships includes a wide array of models that span several decades, if not more, so the collection offers an insightful view of naval evolution over time. A portion of William Tompkins’ fleet of 1/600 scale model ships is on display in the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA.

This ship served as a revenue cutter from 1908–1919. It was refitted as a US Coast Guard ship from 1919 to 1936. In 1936, the Acushnet was retasked to the Navy to serve as an ocean tug during WWII. It was decommissioned in 1946.

Exhibit added: May 6, 2014 - Last modified: January 24, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship