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Minerva (1780); Warship; Fifth rate; Frigate; 38 guns

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Collection Sailing warships, Ship models
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsMinerva 1780

Object details:

Object ID SLR0317
Description Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model 'Minerva' (1780), a 38-gun frigate, built in 'bread and butter' fashion, planked and finished in the Georgian style. Model is partially decked, equipped and mounted on modern hull crutches. It has been identified by comparison to the original ship plans held in the NMM collection, as well as by the presence of a carved owl on the stern decoration, a figure associated with the 'Minerva’. Built at the Royal Dockyard, Woolwich, it had a gun deck length of 141 feet by 39 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 940 (builders old measurement). The 'Minerva’ was the first of a group of five 38-gun frigates built with identical dimensions. It took part in Admiral William Hotham’s action off Genoa in 1795 and was later renamed 'Pallas’ in 1798. It was eventually sold for breaking up in 1803.
Date made 1780

Artist/Maker French, G. W.
Place made Chatham Dockyard
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Fund
Materials fruitwood; bone; brass; mica; paint; varnish
Measurements Overall model: 260 x 1060 x 260 mm; Overall model and base: 330 mm x 1080 mm x 260 mm
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