The International Institute is very grateful to Lawrence Scripps Wilkinson and the generosity of the Wilkinson family for the kind donation of the Wilkinson Immigrant Model Ship Collection. The collection consists of 165 scale model ships, ranging from three-masted 18th century sailing ships to modern cruise ships, as well as paintings, posters, and other memorabilia of the proud legacy of immigration to the United States. Each ship carried, at one time or another, immigrants from distant points around the world to the United States. The ship collection is housed in protective glass cases on permanent display in the American Room at the International Institute building.
The ships include the following: America, Normandie, Queen Mary, United States, Thomas W. Lawson, (Cunard) Sea Goddess, (Carnival) Fantasy, Queen Elizabeth II, Hornet (1851), Titanic, Lion's Whelp, U.S.S. Constitution, Red Jacket, Ships of Germany (38), Ships of Great Britain (38), Ships of the United States (10), Ships of France (8), Ships of Norway (10), Ships of Sweden (5), Mercator, Basset Lowke (2), Albatross, Cap Arcona (2), Furst Bismarck, Lurline, Britanis x Lurline Chandis, Bremen x Pastuer, City of Rome, America x Amerika, Pacific Princess ("The Love Boat"), H.M.S. Temeraire, Sovereign of the Seas, Jubilee, Holiday, Norway, Atlantic, Americana, Crown Del Mar, Stardancer, Caribe I, Queen of Bermuda, Noordam, Sun Viking, Westerdam, Emerald Seas, Song of America, Regent Star, Veracruz, Homeric, Crown Odyssey, Dolphin, Oceanic, Regent Sea, Song of Norway, Bermuda Star, Sea Escape, Sea Breeze, and more.
The collection is available for viewing during hours the International Institute building is open, unless the American Room is being used for a class, meeting, or other function. Please call the International Institute, at (313) 871-8600, to check for availability and to plan your visit. A trip to the International Institute to see our International Doll Collection and Immigrant Model Ship Collection, followed by a delicious lunch at our International Cafe restaurant, makes for a great afternoon.