Models of Ships and Yachts are as old as boatbuilding itself. Once, Halfmodels and also Scale Models were used as practical tool during boatbuilding process at a boatyard. Very often detailed models were built as exhibit for shipowners. And then there were always kids that would put simple, self-made yachts in the water to let them sail. Children become adults and often the fascination for those childhood toys survives… The Yachting Heritage Centre displays a collection of Yachtmodels and Pond Yachts.
Things that can really fascinate and inspire us can only be those that last longer than a passing trend. Things that you have to look out for. The Beken and Rosenfeld families for example created over the course of generations the best in yachting photography of their times. Beken from the little village of Cowes on the Isle of Wight became a brand name as »Beken of Cowes«, just as the Rosenfelds from New York did. Morris, the senior, and his son Stanley captured the best pictures of the finest yachts on the other side of the Atlantic in the course of more than 100 years. In the end, they left »Mystic Seaport« more than one million outstanding images. We present the best photographs of both families until the end of April in a major exhibition in the »Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Centre« in Flensburg.