After the war, Jim began his own business designing ships. His designs were so good that his customers advised him to obtain a shipyard and build his own vessels. He ended up owning the largest privately- owned shipyard in Mexico and built hundreds of ships for thirty different countries. The ships included the first commercial copper-hulled vessels. 
After selling the shipyard and “retiring,” Jim came to Houston. He began cruising and collected so many ship models in ports of call that he ran out of room, even after renting a second condo to store them. He figured that Houston, one of the largest ports in the USA, needed a nautical museum, so he bought a house and started the Houston Maritime Museum. The museum contains models that represent the whole history of sailing and many of the most exciting historical events relating to the sea.
One display represents the sinking of the Titanic, surely one of the most tragic maritime events ever. Jim was a member of an expedition that raised part of the ship. 
Like Jim, many of the Houston Maritime Museum docents and visitors served in the Navy or Merchant Marine during WWII. Attacks by U-boats were a constant menace during their convoys. The Merchant Mariners lost more men per capita than any other branch of the war effort. Many of the ship models and displays remind veterans of the excitement, anxiety and sadness of those days.

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