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Passenger/cargo vessel(1840); Blackwall Frigate

Ship models

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Collection Ship models, Cargo vessels
ExhibitionsTraders: The East India Company and Asia
User collections Tea: breaking into the tea trade by NMMExhibitions
Gallery locationTraders Gallery (Floor plans)
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 SLR0847
Description Scale 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of a Blackwall frigate (circa 1840), a cargo merchantman. The model is decked, equipped and fully rigged with sails (modern) set. There are also 14 sails which were replaced when restored in 1979. At this scale, the model represents a ship measuring 152 feet in length by 25 feet in the beam and an approximate tonnage of 900. Although the name would suggest an armed fighting vessel, the Blackwall frigates were sailing merchantmen built between 1837 and 1869 for the Indian trade following the expiration of the East India Company’s exclusive charter in 1833. Many of these ships were built on the Thames, in particular by Green and Wigram’s yard at Blackwall. A particularly well known example was the ‘Seringapatam’ (see SLR0763) of 1837 which established a new record of 85 days from London to Bombay. Large numbers of these vessels were built and dominated the trade to and from India until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Thereafter they continued trading successfully for a number of years but were eventually eclipsed by the faster clipper ships.
Date made Circa 1840

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials brass; cotton; gilt; paint; satin; varnish; wood
Measurements Overall model: 1208 x 1614 x 595 mm; Base: 159 x 1494 x 435 mm
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