The ship model world called to Rob Napier when he was a boy. He did his first commissioned work at 16 and accepted ship modeling as a career at 27. It has occupied him full-time for the 40 years since. He focuses on building new models and on maintaining models for individuals and institutions. Rob’s original models are created on a broad groundwork of documentation found in the historical, photographic, and artistic records. His work has won awards at national and regional competitions, and he has judged numerous ship modeling events. Rob has worked closely with managers of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Art Gallery of Ontario to repair and conserve models in preparation for exhibition, and he is active with the collection of the New York Yacht Club.
Rob shares his views by lecturing and by contributing frequently to publications featuring ship modeling and maritime history. He edited the Nautical Research Journal for five years in the mid-1990s. Rob served as a US Navy journalist aboard an attack aircraft carrier during two late-1960’s combat cruises to Southeast Asia. He has experience with yacht racing and cruising, small boat building, and commercial fishing. Rob lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with his wife Sherry Moore.