Scale: 1:32. A contemporary full hull model of the yacht 'Chatham' circa 1741, built in the Georgian style. The model is decked and is complete with a variety of fittings. It illustrates well the carved and painted decoration of the mid-18th century models. It is one of a few models in the collection that has the individual hull planking applied onto the wooden core and held in place by small wooden treenails.
The ‘Chatham’ yacht was launched circa 1741 and measured 59 feet along the deck by 17 feet in the beam. She had a tonnage of 90 and carried six guns. As with most of these state yachts, they were built for the use of the officers of the Dockyards for transport between London and the various yards. Rigged as a single-masted cutter, most of the after portion of the hull was used for the accommodation of the officers. The ‘Chatham’ underwent a ‘large repair' in 1765 and was re-built in 1793. It underwent another refit in 1826 before finally being broken up in 1867.