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Warship(1794); Frigate; Fifth rate; Diana class; 38 guns

SLR0342
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Collection Ship models, Sailing warships
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsDiana 1794
Publication(s)Ship models : their purpose and development from 1650 to the present : illustrated from the ship model collection of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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Object ID SLR0342
Description Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of the 'Diana'-class frigate (1794), a 38-gun fifth-rate, built in 'bread and butter' fashion and finished in the Georgian style. Model is partially decked, equipped, and mounted on its original pillar supports with a modern base. This model clearly illustrates the increasing use of bone and ivory in particular the carved decoration on the stern and the numerous fittings that were turned on a lathe such as the capstan head and deadeyes. This class of frigate were built from plans by Sir John Henslow, Surveyor of the Navy, 1784-1806, and had a gun deck of 146 feet by 39 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 984 (builders old measurement). Known as the 'eyes and ears’ of the fleet, the frigate was used for a variety of roles such as searching out and reporting on the enemy fleets and convoys, as well as independent patrols worldwide.
Date made Circa 1794

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials bone; brass; ivory; mica; paint; varnish; fruitwood
Measurements Overall model: 275 x 1115 x 255 mm; Base: 65 x 755 x 305 mm
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