Written and photographed by Diane Stulga

For Joseph Puccio of Hazlet, New Jersey, model building has been a life-long pursuit; one that his craftsmanship, skill, and nearly seventy years of experience have elevated to an art as reflected in his most recent piece, a detailed scale replica of the 1847 Baltimore Clipper, Harvey.

Recently, Mr. Puccio donated his hand-built replica of the Harvey to the New Jersey Maritime Museum in Beach Haven, New Jersey where it is now on display. Mr. Puccio holds a degree in physics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn College, now known as the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and worked for Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey where he was part of the team that developed fiber optic transmissions.

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