Having been an active ship modeler for about 25 years and having been involved in clubs, online forums, and such, it is an unfortunate aspect of being part of the ship modeling community to see so many friends and fellow modelers depart. This is particularly true in ship modeling, since so many of us don’t become extremely active in the hobby until after retirement.
Recently, I learned that fellow ship modeler Milton DeGroot, someone that I had spoken with on the phone a couple years ago but never had a chance to meet, had passed away. I had heard through my connection with Ages of Sail about his passing, so I volunteered to help collect together some of his collection of wood and fittings to take to a local ship model club meeting. Visiting his home, I had a chance to meet a couple members of his family and to take a few photos his two remaining models, family members having taken the rest of his work.
It seemed only right to share these photos of his works here.
The first photo is Mr. DeGroot’s last model, the American Revolutionary War privateer Rattlesnake, which his daughter helped him with.
The second model is an older model he built, the Canadian fishing schooner Bluenose.
Milton DeGroot passed away in the Spring of this year at the age of 88.