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Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 36 in x 40 in x 16 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm x 40.64 cm
Object Name:
ship model
Description:
One of six ships of the U.S. Exploring Expedition, the Porpoise sailed around the world between 1838 and 1842 under the command of Lt. Cadwallader Ringgold. The four-year-long expedition, headed by Lt. Charles Wilkes, covered nearly 87,000 miles, including a full circumnavigation of the globe. Wilkes and his crew sighted Antarctica (proving its existence), charted hundreds of Pacific islands and surveyed the Columbia River in present-day Oregon.
This model was built in the 1980s by Dr. William Brown for an exhibition about the U.S. Exploring Expedition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Location:
Currently on loan
ID Number:
1985.0485.01
Accession number:
1985.0485
Catalog number:
1985.0485.01
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-5374-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_905593