Howard P. Hoffman, Museum Specialist, Division of Naval History, National Museum of American History

ID: SIA2007-0161

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1957

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-003, Box 1

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Howard P. Hoffman, Museum Specialist in the National Museum of American History, Division of Naval History, taking the lines off an original builder's half model of the U.S.S. "Saratoga", labeled 1864. A meticulous model builder, Hoffman took hull lines off the gondola "Philadelphia" after its arrival, prepared fifteen sheets of highly details plans and constructed a superb boxwood model of the gunboat. Hoffman's plans were subsequently used by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in constructing a full-scale sailing replica of the historic gondola for operations in those Northern waters. Interns in Naval History had the unique opportunity to learn Hoffman's precise, published method of taking lines off shipmodels. Notable among Hoffman's students was Dana Wegner, who later to became curator of the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command's collection of official ship models.


  • Wegner, Dana M
  • Hoffman, Howard P
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)
  • Saratoga (Sloop of war)
  • Museum Specialist


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From the papers of Philip P. Lundeberg, a naval historian with the Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-003, Box 1

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  • Model and modelmaking
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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid Medium: Photographic print

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