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                                TALL SHIP MODELS

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Analyses of tall ship models
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"Hello,  I have done as much diligence as I can bear on finding the best quality model ship makers and am about to submit an order to you for your USS Constitution model. Can you explain what the 110V light feature is, please?  Is this something that you connect in some way to the model? I could not find a description of this on your website, apologies if it is there and I missed it. Also, have you ever considered a model of HMS Warrior? Thanks! Gareth H. Ph. D."           ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞
"Hello, We received the model just in time last week, and it was a big hit at the event we were presenting at! We had a lot of very positive comments, including from the museum curator. Thanks much for making it possible! -- Eric S.  Director, Knights of Veritas"
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"My darling (and I do mean that seriously ) wife loves the models once she sees them, but she is much more practical than I am, at least in the short term, so she doesn't buy for the future...if there is no space for something now, she says "why buy it."

I, however, am much more future oriented, and very aware of the fact that items of high quality but limited appeal to the general public may not be available in the future....books that aren't on the best seller list, classical music recordings, etc. There is always a niche market for high quality items, but it frequently becomes very expensive. Unfortunately, we live in a culture where it is nearly impossible to go broke making mediocre movies or producing annoying and cloned rap music, but quality, if not priced "competitively", frequently becomes extinct, in the mass market sense...try finding a a good quality toaster or other small appliance at any price.

I fully plan on unveiling all of the acquisitions when we have more space, I hope, in a few years, assuming I don't prematurely expire ( I am 63, but in much better shape than most my age... I should know, I'm a physician ). However, no one's future is assured.

Interestingly enough, my wife inquired today as to whether a friend of hers could bring her grandchildren over to see my ship models, as they seem to have a fascination for sailing ships ( probably watched Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean too many times), so I would say that's a positive sign.

Anyway, as usual, I have probably communicated more than you wish to hear.
Keep the colors flying and thanks to all your artisans for their greatly appreciated efforts. Scott B."

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"The current ship I'm working on I've done from scratch, but, it is plank on bulkhead. Acquired Mantua/Panart plans which were 1:78 scale and converted it to 1:50 scale. Sure I can do plank on frame but for my enjoyment purposes and for expediency, plank on bulkhead works better. (I'm sure you don't want to wait for a year or so for my first attempt although I'm confidant I can do it.) I'm sorry that my expertise doesn't extend into that aspect of ship building, and hope to have an opportunity someday to do so. I'm quite good at what I do but understand that you have a certain criteria that you follow and it is understandable that your company offers that kind of quality construction. There are so many ships for sale out there that come from the far east whose construction methods and quality are very evident to the discerning eyes of the consumer. Your ships are by far some of the best out there. Thanks very much Frank for your time. Best regards, Steve H."        ∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞∞
           

USS Constitution

 


USS Constitution was never defeated in battle.   In 1844, USS Constitution became the first American warship to circumnavigate the globe.  USS Constitution is world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat as of today.

 

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USS United States

 

The USS United States was the first of six frigates to be launched and commissioned into the United States Navy under the Acts of Congress of 1794.  USS United States was the fastest and the most heavily armed.

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Flying Cloud

 

Flying Cloud set the world's sailing record for the fastest passage between New York and San Francisco, 89 days 8 hours and held this record for over 100 years, from 1854-1989. The Flying Cloud's achievement was remarkable under any terms. But, it was all the more unusual because its navigator was a woman.

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Vigilant

A Baltimore Clipper


Vigilant sailed for 138 years -- an outstanding achievement for a wooden ship which plied the waters, to the North and the South. Vigilant outdated all other vessels by many decades despite enemy fire, treacherous coral reefs, and the yearly hurricane season.                    
 

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HMS Victory


 

HMS Victory was essential to Britain's continued superiority on the high seas during the Napoleonic Wars. HMS Victory was the legendary Nelson’s flagship against France and Spain in the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
 
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HMS Surprise


 


In the middle of the Napoleonic era (1805), the French had captured most of Europe and intended to seize England.   HMS Surprise received the specific instructions: "Intercept French Acheron…you will sink, burn, or take her as prize."
 

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HMS Agamemnon  For three of the most crucial decades of British naval history, HMS Agamemnon was at the center of events, fighting at the Battle of the Saintes, the Battle of Copenhagen and, of course, Trafalgar. Nelson always referred to HMS Agamemnon as his favorite ship.
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HMS Captain
On board the 74-gun third-rate Captain, Nelson was largely accredited for the British victory at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. The British fleet was supposed to "tack in line" but Nelson disobeyed the order. He realized that the leading Spanish ships were escaping and wore his ship to break out of the line of battle to attack the much larger Spanish ships.
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Sovereign of the Seas

 

SOS fired a broadside of two tons of metal and was known by the name "Golden Devil." In her first naval engagement in 1652, she sank a large Dutch warship with a single broadside! For 60 years SOS ruled the seas, unmatched.
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HMS Glatton


 


HMS Glatton was unusual in that she was the only ship of the line to be armed exclusively with carronades instead of the traditional long guns that other warships carried in this era. Carronades were half the weight of the equivalent cannon, and could be worked by fewer men.

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HMS Endeavour

Captains Cook's ship which discovered Australia and many other Islands in the pacific. This model is one of the kind. It shows the interior on one side and full hull on the other.
                                                   
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HMS Endeavour
(with interior details)

Captains Cook's ship which discovered Australia and many other Islands in the pacific. This model is one of the kind. It shows the interior on one side and full hull on the other.
                                                   
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Redoutable
The Redoutable was a Téméraire class 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy.  She duelled with HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar and killed Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. 
                                                                                                   

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Bucentaure
 

The lead ship of her class, Bucentaure was an 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy and the flagship of Vice-Admiral Latouche Tréville.  At the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Nelson's HMS Victory broke the French line just astern of Bucentaure, raking her less protected stern.
                                                                                                     

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La Belle-Poule

 



 


The frigate La Belle-Poule (1834-1881) remain famous because her history is related to that of Napoleon. Before dying, the Emperor had expressed the desire to be buried on the edges of the Seine. To satisfy the public opinion, king Louis-Philippe ordered La Belle-Poule brought back to France the Emperor’s remains. During the Italy and Crimean Wars, La Belle-Poule performed like a star in Toulon. At her demolition in 1888, she still remained painted in black, in remembering her mission for the greatest Emperor of France. 

 

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Indiscret
 

The naval museum in Paris has a contemporary model of the ship. It is covered with 22 photos and with extensive explanations in the book by Jean Boudriot, "Modeles Historiques, Musée de la Marine", A.N.C.R.E., Paris, 1997. 
 


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Charles W. Morgan whaling bark
 

Built by Jethro and Zachariah Hillman in New Bedford in 1841, Charles Morgan whaler made thirty seven voyages including several trips around Cape Horn and visits to the Artic and the Antarctic. The Morgan is the only remaining American wooden whaling ship today. 
                                                                                                     
charles morgan whaler
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HMS Beagle


HMS Beagle was a brig-sloop of the Royal Navy.  She was launched on 11 May 1820 on the River Thames and named after the beagle dog breed.  In July of that year she took part in a fleet review celebrating the coronation of King George IV of the United Kingdom in which she was the first ship to sail under the new London Bridge.  She was then adapted as a survey barque and took part in three expeditions.  On the second survey voyage the young naturalist Charles Darwin was on board, and his work would eventually make Beagle one of the most famous ships in history.
 


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Royal Caroline


 


Royal Caroline is the official ship to transport the English Royal family.  Royal Caroline had several important design features and was the most advanced ship at the time.   Sold out.

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HMS Bounty

 

HMS Bounty is unquestionably the most famous of all tall ships. The notorious Captain Bligh and his ship are the subject of thousands of books and articles and several motion pictures.  
HMS Bounty ship model
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Cutty Sark

 


Cutty Sark, the beautiful clipper ship launched at Dumbarton on the Scottish Clyde, was renowned throughout the seafaring world and won a place in the hearts of British seamen, coming second only to Nelson's own immortal H.M.S. Victory.
 

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Mary Rose

 

Mary Rose was an English warship equipped with 78 guns. She was named after King Henry VIII's favorite sister who later became the queen of France.  Mary Rose was one of the first ships able to fire a broadside and was the second most powerful ship in the fleet and a firm favorite of the king.
 

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Santa Maria

 

Christopher Columbus had three ships on his first voyage, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.  His flagship, the Santa Maria had 52 men aboard while the Nina and Pinta were each crewed by 18 men. the Santa Maria took the lead in navigation, direction, and peed.

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Indefatigable


Indefatigable was selected by C. S. Forester as the ship on which his fictional hero Horatio Hornblower spent most of his time as a midshipman in the novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. The Spanish flotilla incident also is fictionalized in Post Captain, the second of the Aubrey–Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian. HMS Indefatigable is also mentioned in a novel by Alexander Kent.
 

HMS Indefatigable
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HMS Terror

Bomb ketch


 

HMS Terror's main armament consisted of two mortars. Terror saw war service in the the 1st Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 and War of 1812 against the United States. Because of her extremely strong hull to withstand the recoil of the mortars, Terror was converted in time of peace to explore the Antarctic region. The volcano Mount Terror on Ross Island in Antarctica was named after the ship, instead of vice-versa.  


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Vasa (Wasa)


 


Named after the royal house, Wasa was built to represent the power and glory of the great King Gustave II of Sweden when the country was the dominant military force in the Baltic. In 1628, Wasa was built to be the most powerful and beautiful warships ever to sail the seven seas.


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Peregrine galley


 


The Peregrine galley was built 1700 in the Royal Navy Dockyard at Sheerness in the Thames estuary. In 1716 she was refitted as a royal yacht in Deptford and was renamed Carolina. King Georg I made six voyages on her 1714 - 1726 to visit his beloved duchy Hanover.


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Reale De France


 

The "REALE" in the name points out that she belonged to the king personally. The ship was decorated by the sculptor Pierre Puget. Some of the stern ornaments are shown in the Musée de la Marine in Paris, which also holds the original plans and many documents about the Real De France.

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Sea Cloud


 

The Sea Cloud’s life story is more thrilling than some novels. She was built in 1931 in Kiel at the request of a Wall Street broker. It was his wife, Lady Marjorie Post, who shaped the Sea Cloud’s character. She had exquisite taste: Only the best was good enough for her. She loved golden bath fixtures, Carrara marble, precious woods, solid brass and antique furniture. Even today the Sea Cloud embodies that luxury and love of life – in the two owner’s suites and eight other original cabins as well in the stylish new cabins.

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Amerigo Vespucci


 


Amerigo Vespucci was built in 1930. She is the largest of the full rigged ships used by the navies of the world for sail-training, the ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ was named for the Italian navigator and explorer who lived in the 15th century and for whom America was named! 
 

Amerigo Vespucci ship model
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HMS Sirius


 


After five years in service between Britain and North America, HMS Sirius was fitted out for service as flagship of the "First Fleet."  On May 13, 1787 the First Fleet embarked from Plymouth, England on a journey to the far side of the world. The fleet was bound for the great South Land to establish the penal colony of New South Wales, the future first state of the Australian Commonwealth.
 

HMS SIRIUS
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USS Essex


 

Essex was  the first Yankee warship that captured a ship of the Royal Navy. During her first eight weeks at sea, she had taken nine British ships.  In 17 months  she went on to sweep the Pacific of British whalers,  merchantmen, and warships, taking 16 vessels in all.

 

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USS Constellation

 

150-year old sloop-of-war, the last all-sail ship built by the U.S. Navy.  The first U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Constellation, for the "new constellation of stars" on the American flag.  

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Schooner USS Enterprise

 



USS Enterprise was built in Baltimore in 1799 was called "Lucky little Enterprise" due to its fabulously successful career in the campaign against the Barbary pirates and in the War of 1812. 

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Fair American


The Revolutionary War brig Fair American is based on Model No. 60 in the Henry Huddleston Rogers ship model collection now on exhibit at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD.  The model was made by the British Admiralty after the vessel's capture to study her fine hull form and enormous rig.  
                                                                                                                

Fair American moddel
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Golden Hind

 


 


The Golden Hind, captained by Sir Francis Drake (the admiral of the fleet that defeated the great Spanish Armanda in 1588),  circumnavigated the world 1577-1580
.  The journey started with 5 ships but only flagship Golden Hind survived.  During the course of travel, Francis Drake raided and pillaged the Spanish colonies along the western coast of Americas, returning with booty worth 500,000 pounds, including 26 tons of silver. Golden Hind's achievement marked the beginning of the rise of England as a major maritime power.
                                             

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San Mateo
 

The San Mateo represents a Spanish galleon from the 16th century and was part of the fleet of Philip II.  She is a typical example for the characteristic Spanish galleons.  Because of their perilous ways, these galleons were a cross between freighter and battle-cruiser. 

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San Francisco II


 


During the 16th century the most feared of all ships were the Spanish Galleons.  From that time and for nearly 150 years these small but sturdy ships reigned on the high seas.  The San Francisco II was one of the most outstanding of its age.  She represents the mainstay ships of the Spanish Armada.   
 
                                       

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Gotheborg

 


Götheborg is an 18th century Swedish East Indiaman. She sank off Gothenburg, Sweden on 12 September 1745 while approaching its home harbor after returning from her third voyage to China.

 

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Batavia


Batavia was a ship of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). She was built in Amsterdam in 1628 and shipwrecked on her maiden voyage.  She was made famous by the subsequent mutiny and massacre that took place among the survivors.


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Californian Schooner

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alifornian is a full-sized replica of the revenue service cutter C.W. Lawrence which operated off the Californian coast in the 1850s. The "Official Tall ship Ambassador for the State of California" is now providing sail training and sea educational programs up and down the Californian coast.
                                                                                                                

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SS Great Britain


 

Great Britain was by far the largest ship in the world at that time.  She was the world's first steamship with a hull made of iron.  She also was the first propeller-driven ship to achieve the Atlantic crossing.


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Marco Polo

 


In 1852, the Marco Polo sailed from Liverpool to Port Phillips Head in 76 days. After spending 3 weeks in port, she returned to Liverpool in another 76 days.  Her total trip time was 5 months, 21 days, making this the first round trip in less than 6 months.  This record stood for 15 years.

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Brig Hector


 

 


This small and sturdy 200 ton-cargo vessel-with not even the barest amenities of a passenger ship-- managed to carry a courageous band of 200 Scots to a safe landing  in Pictou harbor, marking the beginning of a stead stream of Highland emigration to the area that became known as Nova Scota on Canada's Atlantic coast.  A full-sized replica of the Hector has been built to sail again.   
                                           

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HMS Pandora

HMS Pandora was a 24-gun sixth-rate post ship of the Royal Navy launched in May 1779.   She is best known as the ship sent in 1790 to search for the Bounty and the mutineers who had taken her. 
                                                   

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SS Central America

 

The SS Central America was a sidewheel steamship of the United States Mail Steamship Company.  The ship sank in a hurricane in September 1857, losing about 400 passengers and crew and 30,000 pounds of gold.  The shipwreck was recently discovered from its resting place 8,000 feet below sea level, off the Carolina coast.  Much of the gold was nicely recovered!
 
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Black Prince


In 1795, while he was Ambassador to France, Ben Franklin purchased a small French schooner. He manned the vessel with Portuguese sailors, but appointed an American captain.  The ship was nearly invisible at night, as she was painted black above the waterline. Franklin aptly named her Black Prince and sent her to raid British merchant shipping. Black Prince gained a reputation as a courageous privateer, taking prizes in the English Channel and even attacking British ships in their home ports. the prizes and booty she captured were sent home to the Colonies to help win the War for Independence.
                                                                                                                

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HMS Mordaunt
 

HMS Mordaunt was a 46-gun fourth rate ship of the line of the English Royal Navy.   She had been privately built and launched in 1681.  In 1683, Mordaunt was purchased into the navy in 1683.   On October 4, 1689 Mordaunt took part in a battle with 12 French warships.
 
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Royal Louis

 


This ship represented the masterpiece of French shipbuilding at the end of the XVII century.  She was built in 1962 in Toulon by the master shipwright Francois Coulomb and decorated by Jean Berain.  With her 116 cannons, she was the largest and the most decorated ship in the world.
 

Royal Louis ship model
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Ville de Paris

 

The Ville de Paris was a large three-decker French ship of the line that became famous as the flagship of the Comte de Grasse during the American War of Independence.

Ville De Paris ship model
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USCG cutter Bear


 


The Bear was probably the most famous cutter to fly under the RCS/USCG ensign. The Bear was built as a sealer at Dundee, Scotland. At two hundred feet long, Bear was heavily built, with six inch thick oak planks, reinforced with heavy steel plating that could take her confidently through the ice. From her launch in 1874 until 1884 she made annual trips to the arctic sealing grounds.
 

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San Carlos


 


 

On board the San Carlos were the first Europeans known to have seen San Francisco Bay.  It was August 5, 1775, that the first Spanish ship, commanded by Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala, dropped anchor just inside the San Francisco harbor mouth.  This San Carlos model was commissioned by the Wings Over Alaska Museum.  It was completed in July 2008 and not available for sale.                                              
San Carlos ship model
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Flying Cloud


 
 
During the short period of the golden age of American sailing ships, the Flying Cloud was launched in 1851 and on her very maiden voyage from New York to San Francisco, she set a record with 89 days and 21 hrs.  On her fourth voyage, she cut 7 hrs of that time.  This is a record that was never bettered by any ship under sail.   Eleven months after her construction completion, the Flying Cloud earned $200,000, making numerous trips around Cape Horn for San Francisco and ports in the Far East.  Constructing  now 32" long.  
                                         

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HMS Elephant

 
In 1801 Admiral Horatio Nelson chose it as his flagship during the Battle of Copenhagen due to its suitability for the shallow waters that prevailed there. It was on this ship that he is said to have put his telescope to his blind eye and claimed not to be able to see a signal ordering him to withdraw. SOLD OUT.
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HMS
St. George

 


HMS St. George was named for the patron saint of England.  In 1801, she was Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship prior to the Battle of Copenhagen; he transferred his flag to HMS Elephant, whose lighter draft enabled him to sail closer inshore for the bombardment of the Danish capital on April 2. In 1811, St. George was the flagship of Rear Admiral Robert Reynolds's Baltic Fleet.   SOLD OUT. 
 


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HMS Revenge

 

The English flagship in the battle of Armada.  The first of the new "race-built" vessels to grace the English fleet.   Regarded as one of the finest galleons in the world. 


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La Stella De Norte
 
Launched in 1500, this early gallon was equipped with sails and oars.  Despite its bulky look, it was faster than its predecessors, the lumbering Naos.  The ship was armed heavily to protect its valuable cargo.  Hull length: 157'5" overall length: 206', beam 46'.   
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USS Ranger


 


During the Revolutionary War, the famous captain John Paul Jones sailed to France in the Ranger carrying word of General Burgoyne's historic surrender at Saratoga.  As his ship intered Quiberon Bay on Feb 14, 1778, Jones fired 13 guns and received in return a rousing salute from the French fleet marking the first time that the new American flag-the Stars and Stripes- was officially acknowledged by a foreign power.  It was also abroad the Ranger, later the same year, that Jones launched the series of bold sea raids along the British coast that earned him his distinguished reputation as a fearless seaman. 


      
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Hannah Schooner

 


In April 1775, with few field guns and scant gunpowder, Washington appealed to the Continental Congress for supplies.  The new nation, however, did not have the means to resupply Washington's army.  Therefore, Washington chartered the fishing schooner Hannah to raid British shipping of military supplies. The Hannah became the first of eleven vessels chartered to aid the revolutionary cause.  Over the six months of the American siege of Boston, "Washington's Navy" captured some fifty-five prizes, provided much-needed supplies to the troops, and boosted the efforts of naval-minded members of Congress who sought to create a national naval force.
 


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Ketch USS Intrepid
 


Intrepid was a 64-ton, four-gun ketch, built in France in 1798. She was subsequently sold to Tripoli and used by the Barbary Pirates based there to capture the frigate USS Philadelphia on October 31, 1803.  Less than two months later, Intrepid was captured by USS Enterprise and was placed under the command of Lieutenant Stephen Decatur.  On the night of February 16, 1804, Decatur sailed Intrepid into Tripoli harbor, boarded the ex-American frigate Philadelphia and set her afire. Tripoli harbor was fairly shallow and only a shallow draught ship could have made the daring plan work.  In Admiral Nelson's view, it was "the most daring act of the age." 
 


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HMS Warrior
 

The pride of Queen Victoria, Warrior was constructed entirely of iron--a first for a warship in response to the French Gloire in the 19th century arms race.  The British Battleship HMS Warrior never fired a shot in anger and never blockaded a hostile port, yet she played a famous part in naval history. 
                                            

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HMS Neptune

 


 


HMS Neptune was a 98-gun 2nd rate ship of the line which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar.  She played an important role in the battle, stationed third in the weather line, behind the flagship Victory and the Temeraire.  She attacked and captured the Spanish flagship Santisima Trinidad.  After the battle, it was the Neptune that towed the crippled Victory, bearing Nelson's body, back to Gibraltar. Neptune served as the flagship for Rear Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane leading the fleet that captured the French colony of Martinique in the West Indies in 1809.
                                         


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Henry Grace a Dieu (Great Harry)
 


Before her time, battles between ships had to be at close proximity that inflicted greatest human loss.  But with gunports cut in the hull, the Great Harry became the first "ship killer", able to inflict significant damages on enemies ships from a distance. Launched in England in 1514, the Henri Grace a Dieu was in its time the largest warship in the world.  Also known as Great Harry, she was built on the orders of King Henry VIII as a diplomatic showpiece.  For special state ocassions, she was decked out in full sails that looked like cloths of gold. 
 


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HMS Supply

 


 


 HMS Supply, 168 tons was the swiftest sailor in the First fleet and acted as a scout and message carrier. It was the first ship which enters Botany Bay on January 19, 1788.  The Supply rates with the Sirius as the most famous historical ship or the new Australian nation.
                                         


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Océan


 


Océan was a 118-gun first-rate three-decker ship of the line of the French Navy.  Designed by the famous engineer Jacques-Noël Sané, who was nicknamed "The Naval Vauban", Océan marks a step in the evolution of ship of the line design.  All further French sail battleships were inspired from her plans. English shipyards of the time copied the French vessels which they captured.  Ocean's hull was simple with straight lines, minimal ornaments, and curved sides. The rear was almost integrated into the hull. The performances of such vessels were almost comparable to those of a frigate. The masts were both thinner and higher but stronger than the 18th century designs. The aft sail of the mizzen had taken its definitive shape around 1780; Topgallant sails were common, which allowed to vary the surface of sails according to the wind with more subtlety. This allowed to evolve closer to the direction opposed to the wind.  Océan spent much of her early career as the fleet flagship.  She was the flagship of Rear-Admiral Villaret-Joyeuse in the Battle of the Glorious First of June in 1794.  A year later, Océan fought in the Battle of Groix as Villaret's flagship.   A large 1:48 model can be seen at the Musée de la Marine in Paris.
 


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Le Protecteur

 


 


The 64-gun ship's construction began under the direction of Noël Pomet under the reign of the French king Louis XV, in 1757 in Toulon.  She was launched in May 1760 and sailed until 1789.  She was a part of the count of Estaing's fleet during the Grenada campaign on the 6th of July 1779.  Le Protecteur measured 74 meters long, 14 meters wide and 64 meters in heigh! A 1:33 model of her is in Musée de la Marine in Paris.
                                             


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Sao Miguel

 


 


Sao Miguel was a XVI century armed Portuguese merchantman.  Her design is the transition from medieval merchant ship and the galleon, classifiable for its particular structures of the forecastle and quarterdeck among the carracks.  In 1519, she took part in an important expedition which led Fernando Cortez to conquer Mexico.  Some of her interesting features were the balcony, the apartments under the small quarterdeck, and the superstructure of the decks that provided awnings, clearly indicated that the ship was used to transport high-class passengers. 

                                             


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Heemskerch

 


 


 In 1642, the Dutch war ship Heemskerch, captained by Abel Janszoon (the Dutch East India Company's leading navigator), circumnavigated Australia.  This discovery indicated that Australia was a vast island continent, and not part of a southern landmass connected to the South Pole.  The discovery of Van Diemen's land and the exploration of New Zealand were further relevations that led cosmographers of his day to redraw the map of the world, and paved the way for future explorers.  
                                         


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Magellan's flagship Trinidad

 


 


 Working for the Spanish, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail in September 1519 with a fleet of five ships and 270 men.  His flagship was the Trinidad.  After befriending an island king in the Philippines, Magellan became involved in a tribal warfare of the natives and was killed in a battle.  The eighty five ton caravel Vittoria of the original fleet continued onwards and became the first ship to sail around the world when she arrived back in Spain in Sept 1522--almost 3 years from the day her journey began. 
                                         


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Duyfken


 


 In 1606, the small Dutch ship Duyfken sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island of Nova Guinea.  Duyfken did not reach gold but  instead the northern coast of a huge continent: Australia. Captain Janszoon was the first person to map and record Australia.  His voyage marks the beginning of Australia’s recorded history.
 


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Corona

 

Launched in 1450, this colorful ship was used to transport the king of Spain. 
                                         

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Seeadler

 

In WWI the Germans employed three raiders successfully: Mowe, Wolf, and Seeadler.  Only the Seeadler (Sea Eagle) was a full-rigged sailing ship.  After the war, Luckner became world famous for his exploits and chivalrous manner.  He captured sixteen ships of 30,099 gross tons without killing any Allied sailor.
 

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Thomas W. Lawson



 


Built in 1902, Thomas W. Lawson was the grandest of many new designs for schooners that were trying to fight the competition from steam-powered merchantmen.  Having 7 masts, she was one of several large American-built  multi-masted schooners.  Thomas W. Lawson can be operated by a crew of only sixteen and used steam winches for managing her one acre of sails.  She was said to handle like "a beach whale."  She was sucessful in service as a coal cargo ship a nd later an oil tanker.
 


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Preussen


Regarded as the biggest sailing ship ever built, the magnificent Preussen was 408 feet long.  The steel ship Preussen was able to carry 8.000 tons of cargo.  She was the only five-masted full-rigger in the world.  She was the only ship of this class with five masts having carried six sails on each mast within the world merchant fleet.  While she had 48 sails, it took only 45 men to sail her.  Preussen was built in 1902 for the famous F. Laeisz shipping company and named after the German state and kingdom of Prussia.  
 

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Paddle Steamer Sirius
Sirius was the first ship ever to cross the Atlantic under continuous steam power.  In April 1938, the 700-ton Sirius sailed the Atlantic with 40 passengers on board.  She arrive at Sandy Rock, New Jersey, after the voyage of just over 18 days.  Detained by a storm at sea that consumed her entire store of coal, the crew had to break up some of the ship's internal fittings and furniture for fuel.  The Sirius's achievement marked the beginning of regular transatlantic steamship service, heralding the era of the ocean liner.  

 

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