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'Superb', 74-guns

Ship models

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Collection Ship models, Sailing warships
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsSuperb (1760)

Object details:

Object ID SLR0506
Description Scale: 1:48. Contemporary carvel built block design model of the 'Superb' (1760), a 74-gun two-decker ship of the line. The model is decked and has the name ‘Superbe’ on the stern. The figurehead is a warrior (?) holding a sword. Although not as elaborate when compared with models such as those built in the Navy Board style, block models are considered a valuable source of information in terms of hull shape and decoration. They were constructed from layers of wood, the lines of which were lifted from the plan, and assembled in a ‘bread and butter’ fashion, after which the hull was carved and faired to produce a final smooth finish. It was the normal practise to paint on various fittings such as gun-port lids, channels and in some cases elaborate decoration.
Date made circa 1760

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials wood; brass; paint; varnish
Measurements Overall: 327 x 1240 x 312 mm
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