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Model Ships

In the Redding Library, we have two beautiful model ships donated by Captain Peter Wright. Captain Wright completed twenty-two years in the British Merchant Navy as mate and master. In 1965, he came to the United States and eventually moved to Northern California where he wrote two biographies, both available here at the library.

He constructed the model of the U.S.S. Constitution, affectionately known as "Old Ironsides." Launched in 1797, she is the oldest commissioned ship still afloat in the world. The U.S.S. Constitution saw action in the Quasi-War, the First Barbary War, and the War of 1812. She is currently berthed in Charlestown, MA. The model is located on the second floor of the Redding Library at the entrance to the Boggs Collection.

The model of a circa 1590 Portuguese Trader is located on the second floor of the Redding Library in the Boggs Collection. The original builder is unknown, but it was reconstructed and refurbished by Peter Wright.