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Charles Grant (1810); Cargo vessel; East Indiaman

Cargo vessels

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Collection Cargo vessels, Ship models
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsCharles Grant (1810)

Object details:

Object ID SLR0665
Description Scale: 1:48. A full hull model of the 'Charles Grant' (1810), an East Indiaman cargo vessel, built plank on the solid and gauged out internally. Model is decked and is shown with its launching poles rigged. The ships of the East India Company became the elite of the merchant navy and in fact the term 'the merchant service’ was taken exclusively to mean East India Company ships; the sailors called them, less grandly, ‘Jonny Company’s’ ships. The armament of these ships varied widely. In this model the lowest tier of gunports are dummy ones painted on the ship’s side to give the impression of a three-decker. On the lower deck proper an armament might sometimes be carried should the political situation demand it. The upper deck armament usually consisted of 18-pounders. Measuring 163 feet along the upper deck by 41 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 1252 burden, the 'Charles Grant’ was one of the largest class of vessel built in Bombay. Once the trading monopoly had come to an end in 1833, the 'Charles Grant’ was sold and was later broken up in 1838.
Date made circa 1810

Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials wood; paint; varnish
Measurements Overall model: 473 mm; Weight: 18kg
  • Charles Grant (1810); Cargo vessel; East Indiaman (SLR0665)
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