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Toy boat magic

PUBLISHED: 10:40 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:45 25 August 2010

A FREE exhibition focusing on 100 years of toy boats opens next month.

A FREE exhibition focusing on 100 years of toy boats opens next month.

Toy Boats opens at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, on May 1 until October 31.

It is set to feature miniature ocean liners, toy paddle steamers, tin battleships and clockwork submarines alongside games, catalogues and photographs, all produced in Europe between 1850 and 1950.

For more than 100 years the craze for things maritime drove toy companies to make toy boats of every size and description, capturing the imagination of generations of children.

A series of free special events for all ages will accompany the exhibition.

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