• Posted on: 19 May 2016
  • By: Spencer Anderson


May 5. 2016 PSMS Meeting Minutes


The M ay 5, 2016 Philadelphia Ship Model Society monthly meeting was called to order at 7:16 PM by President Fred Signor. Jim McIntyre led the Pledge of Allegiance. Announcements included reminders to sign in for attendance record. Our guest speaker, Hal Taylorwas introduced.


Sick Call: John Bullock is recovering from a heart attack suffered on the golf course.

Jerry Kates is recovering a broken ankle.




Author and illustrator Hal Taylor talked about the origins and history of the Delaware River. The story begins with Henry Hudson of the Dutch East India Company, which at the time was the largest company in the world. Various outposts were established over the years, some successfully, some not. More recently, river pilots were very active, and the famous concrete ship is still visible on the lower section of the river. In the 1700's Philadelphia was the second largest English-speaking city in the world, yielding only to London, which drove a lot of commercial development and associated ship traffic. Hal closed his presentation with a video of a model of John Fitch's steam powered boat “The Beast”, which preceded Fulton's ship.



Show'N Tell


Summary and Photos to be published on the website.


Old Business


The Secretary's report and Treasurer's report were accepted.


Ship Model Shack


Fred Signor reported that on Sunday, April 24,58 adults and 23 children stopped and engaged in conversation about model ships.


Parking for PSMS Monthly Meetings


The new process using the volunteer parking passes has proven to be a good solution. Mike Weaver will manage the parking passes for the next meeting beginning at 6:30 PM.


New Business


The Independence Seaport Museum approached PSMS about the possibility of constructing a 1:96 scale model of the Diligence to be displayed with models of the Olympia and Becuna . The display will be used to position over 300 years of US Naval history to be known as Sail, Steam and Stealth.


Joe Jordan has taken ownership for this project,


The next meeting of the PSMS will be held on June 2, 2016.



Respectfully submitted,


Spencer Anderson

Recording Secretary