Museum & Other Exhibit Displays-
USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Museum
Corpus Christi, TX
USS Lexington
Aircraft Carrier Museu

The biggest project of the year, 2018, was 15 months in
the making.  I was contacted by the Texas Navy
Association to construct an 1830’s Texas Navy display.  
The location of the display is on board the aircraft
carrier USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, Texas.   It was
to be an 1830’s ship board exhibit complete with a 16’
long hand rail with two gun ports.  These gun ports
sported a matched pair of my concrete cannons mounted on
naval carriages complete with block and tackle rigging.  I
also provided all the accessories like ram rods, sponges,
worms, copper powder ladles, and linstock.  A complete
display of the projectiles that were used in this time
frame were fabricated by me and mounted on a display
table.  They included cannon ball, standard bar shot,
jointed bar shot, expanding bar shot, chain shot, and
grape shot.  These projectiles show just how deadly naval
warfare was during Texas’ war with Mexico.  It is hard to
hold one of these without feeling the history.  In fact, I
have several school teachers using these props as visual
aids in their history classes.  The display and 1 minute
video too can be seen here on the website.
Location- Houston, Texas
Website :  www.jmelledge.com
Phone- 713-249-6020
Click on this 1 minute You Tube Video to view the 1830's Texas Navy Display
I made on the USS Lexington.
Below are separate pictures of the artillery items that I made for this display
that you will see in the video.