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74-Gun 3rd Rate Ship circa 1813-17

Ship models

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Collection Ship models
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsPitt (1816), Vindictive (1813)

Object details:

Object ID SLR0682
Description Scale: 1:32. A contemporary full hull plank on frame model of a 74-gun third-rate ship (circa 1813–17), fully rigged including the sails stowed on the yards. This large scale and highly detailed model is said to have been built by the Portsmouth shipwright Henry Bolitho ‘bolt for bolt, timber for timber’. As with the rigging, which was added in about 1830, the numerous fittings such as the stowed hammocks, anchors, boats and guns are of the highest quality. The hull can be dated within narrow limits by the fact that is has the round bow of 1811 but not the round stern of 1817. Therefore the model is likely to represent a Portsmouth-built ship and the two possibilities are the ‘Vindictive’ of 1813 or the ‘Pitt’ of 1817. The measurements of 176 feet along the gun deck by 48 feet in the beam and an approximate tonnage of 1750 would fit either ship.
Date made circa 1813-17

Artist/Maker Henry Bolitho, Henry
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials wood; cotton; brass; mica; paint; varnish; carved; frame, plank on
Measurements Overall model: 1960 x 2841 x 1054 mm; Support: 113 x 66 x 158 mm; Support: 55 x 67 x 129 mm
  • 74-Gun 3rd Rate Ship circa 1813-17 (SLR0682)
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