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Warship; Sloop; 12 guns; Speedwell class

Sailing warships

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Collection Sailing warships, Ship models
User collections by strelicova
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Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsSpeedwell (1752)

Object details:

Object ID SLR0335
Description Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of a British 12-gun sloop-of-war (circa 1752), built in 'bread and butter' fashion and finished in the Georgian style. The model is partially decked, rigged and mounted on its original baseboard. Measuring 76 feet along the upper deck by 21 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 142 burden, the dimensions fit the three ketches of the 'Speedwell’ class, the others being 'Fly’ and 'Happy’. The 18th-century sloops were usually rigged as ships, brigs, or brigantines. However, a few were ketch-rigged which enabled them to sail closer to the wind and had the added advantage of providing more space on the upper deck, particularly useful in the bomb vessels were heavy mortars had to be placed along the centre line.
Date made circa 1752

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection
Materials fruitwood; cotton; brass; paint; varnish
Measurements Overall model: 670 x 860 x 290 mm; Base: 105 x 590 x 160 mm
  • Warship; Sloop; 12 guns; Speedwell class (SLR0335)
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