Hobby of collecting

Maritime hobby of collecting is an activity in which are engaged collectors interested in antiques from ships and boats from the sea and everything else (similar) which is in connection with the sea and ships, i.e.: instrumentation, ship construction, construction of ship's engine, meteorology and oceanography, marine carpentry and military equipment, etc.

Often unconsciously begins with simple purchase, gaining a gift, finding in a drawer or in the attic, when series begins to emerge that is when hobby of collecting begins as a result of the design at a higher level.

The basic goals of maritime hobby of collecting are the preservation and evaluation of the Croatian maritime heritage in all its forms; cataloging of all known, the public presentation of results and activities at fairs, symposiums, lectures and a variety of friendship; maintaining uninterrupted connections with all institutions: the archives and museums, then known collections and collectors, galleries and antique shops, etc.

Hobby of model ship collecting is quite large unknown. Besides the known fact that collectors are isolated, anonymous, there are few people who knowingly evaluate model ship modeling, much less those who can (or want) to separate substantial funds for valuable artifacts. Probably demur in their art (models) component (or its complete absence) model of the ship is not a capital investment that would restore many times (or at least with the increased value - profit), so there is absence of collectibles for profit. In these circumstances, hobby of collecting mostly survives as a hobby in exclusive people groups, the powerful and rich. Their private collections are unavailable for the daily eye, while a much better case is with "semi-public" collections, held by, for example, various clubs, societies or companies. However, the greatest collections of those "public" owned by maritime museums. Thus, for example, the largest and most important one is from the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, near London: the first of its specimens were preserved and collected at the end of the XVI century, there are all sorts, made of different materials, exceeding the impressive figure of three thousand copies in various sizes (from a few millimeters to five meters). Around the world are also well known collections from maritime museums in Paris, Barcelona, San Francisco, Tokyo, etc.[ii]

Anyone can be a protector of cultural heritage, even in the most modest form, simply - the preservation of antiquities. Having it in possession: to clean it from dust and/or molds, coat with linseed oil or varnish, or just fall for parquet, protected it from mechanical destruction in a dry, putting it in the cabinet or box.

In our museums, one of the most complete collections is the one from the City Museum in Bakar, and one of the most valuable (documentary values) is within Košljunska monastery (Košljun Island, near Punat on the island Krk), although already well worn out. Private collections of our collectors, except for those that are the result of model ship modelers themselves, are mostly unknown. Models of ships are sometimes encountered in homes as a legacy of former sailors, or shipbuilders and ship owners when they were identified with the original (real ships). [i]

[i] Taken from the journal "Croatian collector" ("Hrvatski kolekcionar"), 1998. III/13, III/14
[ii] The author wrote about international maritime museums in several newspaper articles of "Nauta", the first Croatian magazine about the sea.