Mark knew that Frederik's collection included most, if not all of the Noordzee amd Heinrichs models.
Mark wanted to save these two unique model series from being broken up dispersed and to encourage the heirs to donate them to a museum in memoriam of Frederik. Mark got a team together, which included George Elder (the owner of Morning Sunshine Models), Rick Rudofsky and myself, which would try to realise Mark's goal to preserve the two collections.
All of the likely heirs lived in the Netherlands, but since there was no Will, they had no say in the disposition of the models.
This was now in the hands of the NY Public Administrator who would have Frederiks possesions auctioned off.
Mark tried to convince the Public Administrator that these models were very delicate and needed to be packed and handled by people who knew how to do that and offered that our team would be willing do it for him. In vain; we were not allowed to get near the models until they were transferred to the warehouse of the PA.
Some of the very delicate riggings of the Heinrich models were badly damaged by the transport arranged by the Public Administrator.
We went to the auction and were able to purchase most of the models, except for a few that went to a local second hand trader.
Later Mark was able to buy the missing models from this trader.
Some of the very delicate rigging of the Heinrich models was badly damaged by the transport arranged for by the P.A.
Rick Rudofsky did a great job to restore these damaged models.
John Olsen was very instrumental in setting up the the two models collections in the Merchant Marine Museum at Kings Point, where they found their new home.
Sorry for the long story, but I feel that it should be told that without Mark's leadership and dedication these unique models would have "disappeared".
Mark and I, with our two spouses, met several times after the rescue of the models and I got to know Mark as a very gentil and wise gentleman, who loved ships and ship models.
Obviously I nam also sad that Mark passed an my thoughts go out to Mark's lovely wife Traudl and their families and wish them strength in coping with their loss
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