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Triton (1697); Warship; French; 42 guns

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Collection Ship models, Sailing warships
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsTriton 1697

Object details:

Object ID SLR0382
Description Scale 1:48. A contemporary full hull block model of the Triton (1697), a small 42-gun French two-decker. The hull is made from a solid block of wood and painted white below the waterline with the upperworks finished in a light brown. The main wales are painted black with gunports above and on the upper deck, let into the hull, painted grey and edged in red. There is a single projecting stern gallery, and as is typical of this style of model, the carved decoration on the bow and around the stern and quarter galleries has been omitted. The flush decks are painted a creamy white colour with the bulwark screens and hancing pieces finished in a dark blue/black. The name "Troyton" is inscribed on the model, although there was never a ship of that name, but Tryton was a common spelling in English. The whole model is mounted on a pair of carved keel blocks together with two metal rods amidships, all of which are attached to a wooden rectangular and stained baseboard with a moulded edge. The original 'Troyton' was built at Brest in 1697; it was later captured by the English at the Battle of Vigo on 12 October 1702. Measuring 150 feet along the gun deck and a beam of 31 feet, the ‘Triton’ was converted to carry 48 guns as part of the English fleet. In 1704 the ‘Triton’ took part in the Battle of Malaga and in 1707 and a year later, it was present at the relief of Denia, Spain. It was eventually broken up at Woolwich in 1709. It is likely that this model was made as part of the rebuild process after the ship was taken back to England. The primary reason for making this model was to accompany the plans of this ship for the study of its hull design and layout for approval by the Navy Board.
Date made 1709

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
Materials wood; paint
Measurements Overall model: 247 x 953 x 216 mm; Base: 122 x 1004 x 265 mm
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