overall: 36 in x 40 in x 16 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm x 40.64 cm
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.