|USS Cayuga as drawn by noted naval artist R.G. Skerret|
Cayuga herself did not served in the Hampton Roads region (she served with Farragut's squadron in the Mississippi River). However, many of her sister ships like USS Aroostook did. As all the ships were almost exact duplicates of each other, the model is effective interpretation tool for this part of the region's Civil War history.
|Photograph of USS Aroostook in the Far East during anti-piracy duties|
The model itself is 1/8 an inch to 1 foot model. Master ship mode maker Tom Tragel restored the model in 1984. It can be seen in the museum's Civil War gallery.