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The Mariners Museum in Virginia announced they were going to hold a ship modeling contest every five years starting in 1980. Representatives from the museum hoped the contest would attract the very highest quality of entries to create a premiere exhibition. Harold, who has been competing in art shows since he started, and having somewhat a competitive nature, was not about to let this opportunity slip away. Besides having a few commissions to build models, Harold selected the Hancock as a subject for the show and fit building the new model into an already full schedule. The Hancock was completed and entered into the contest. A phone call to Harold from the museum informing him the model of the Hancock won the show. At the show Harold was asked if he was willing to sell the model. The model of the Hancock sold for $25,000.00.

By this point in Harold’s career, he had completed several commissions, wrote and published a book, given lectures, won awards and became the most recognized model ship builder in North America. By the1980s Harold was picking up momentum to publish a second book “Ships of The American Revolution and Their Models” which entailed the completion of seven models. Each model began with the drawing of scale plans, which became the collection of modeling plans offered to ship modelers. While building the models and drawing plans for the second book Harold was also doing eight more etching.

By 1986 all the models were complete and the historical research done by commander May in London was well underway. Harold's sister Barbara had done all the photographic work and the second book was published in 1988. By this time the first book had gone out of print and Harold was negotiating the publishing of a second edition. The final decision was to self-publish the book. He contacted a local printer and, in 1994, copies of the second edition of the Colonial Schooner book were delivered.

The last model finished by Harold was the Raleigh and a model of the Bounty was in the works when it all ended. Harold fell on a stairway and severely broke his right wrist. It was quite a few months before he could get rid of the pins through the bones and brace that kept him from doing any modeling. When he did return to the Bounty model he discovered he lost all incentive to continue. He tidied up the Bounty model so it look pretty good and that was the end, What started in the 1960s ended in late 1996, there were no more models or plans, no more paintings or etchings. Harold’s long and lustrous career as an artist stopped.

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