Royal William (1719); Warship; First rate; 100 guns

Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of the Royal William (1719), a 100-gun three-decker ship of the line, built in the Georgian style. The model is decked and equipped and has been made to split along the main wales, revealing the interior layout and construction.
This model generally shows the ‘Royal William’ as built, although the side gangways in the waist linking the quarterdeck to the forecastle, were generally introduced in 1745. The carved and painted decoration on the model is of high quality, especially the figurehead, which represents William III in Roman dress on horseback, carrying a baton and trampling a snake-haired gorgon. On the taffrail, situated above the open stern galleries, is the bust of William III supported by a variety of figures from ancient mythology as well as a wealth of foliage and putti. William’s mongram ‘WR’ has been incorporated into balustrade on the open gallery of the grand cabin below.

Object Details

ID: SLR0222
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Plank-on-frame; Dividing model
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Vessels: Royal William (1719)
Date made: circa 1740
Exhibition: War and Conflict; The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire
People: Jervis, John; Lysons, Mary J M Botibol
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Overall model: 440 x 1365 x 320 mm; Base: 150 x 695 x 255 mm

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