Collection: Gilbert McArdle, MD
Gib has been interested in ship modeling since his early youth, but was unable to pursue this interest with time and vigor until retirement from the practice of general surgery in the 1990's. Up to this point he has focused on building navy board models of 17th century English ships which were some of the most highly decorated vessels of any era and were literally floating sculpture and art galleries.
He has completed navy board models of the Henrietta, which was one of Charles IT's yachts of 1679, of the Grafton of 1679, of the Prince of 1670 and the Sussex of 1693. In building US Susquehanna of 1847, a paddle wheel frigate, he has taken a leap into the nineteenth century. Building a model of this era along with its steam engine has proven to be a very enjoyable challenge. For the blockade runner Hope, Gib teamed up with Vince McCullough who has done extensive research on her in order to produce the set of plans used to build this model.
Gib's active days of sailing have passed, but he continue to hang onto an old 17' Thistle that he hopes to rebuild and relaunch in the years to come. He lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Jackie, and looks forward to visits from his five children.