Robert J. Fivehouse is a computer teacher for the North Haledon School District in New Jersey, where he has worked for 33 years. He holds a Master’s degree in Communication Arts. Models have always held a fascination for Robert. At an early age, he began to build his own from scratch. He has built models of every type and time period, though he prefers steamships of the period from 1880 to 1914. Many of his models are miniature waterline models that show ships as they would actually look when afloat. Robert built the ship models in the dioramas for the restorations of both the Ellis Island National Historical Park in New York Harbor and Montauk Point Lighthouse on Long Island. He recently finished two large, full-hulled models of oceanographic research vessels for Columbia University in New York.
Robert’s models have been exhibited at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News (where he has won two awards of excellence), the Schering Plough corporate headquarters in New Jersey, the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of the Steamship Historical Society at Mystic and his models are in a number of private collections, including that of Der Scutt in New York City. Robert has been affiliated with and sold models through the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport since 1990.