MIT Hackers model, U.S.S. TETAZOO
Small gray plastic model of aircraft carrier. In 1979, the MIT Hacking Group, James E. Tetazoo, installed this model of an aircraft carrier in a Hart Nautical Gallery display case. The accompanying label read:
Constructed in 423 B.C. By the Phoenician Turtle King Shii-Dawg, the Tetazoo's keel was laid four years later in Damascus.
During the Middle Ages she was put into drydock in Norfolk, Virginia, until 1490 when she returned to Spain to show Christopher Columbo the route to the Americas under the new name "Ninny," later misspelled by Spanish hysterians. Running low on rum, she detoured to Puerto Rico where the wreck of the Santa Maria can be seen to this day.
In the early 1800s, she became a privateer under Sir Harry Flashman, C.A.P., C.I.A., C.O.D. Lost to the Swiss Navy in fierce combat in the Inside Straits, she remained in their possession until 1905 when she was given to the U.S. Navy as spoils from the Russo-Japanese war.
During WWII, she served with distinction in the Atlantic, sinking seven submarines, many of them enemy. Captained by James Tetazoo, Sr., she was named in his honor after he died while making a still from an old depth charge. To this day, she serves with pride as the only (official) floating still in the U.S. Navy.