Warship; Sloop; 12 guns; Speedwell class

Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of a British 12-gun sloop-of-war (circa 1752), built in 'bread and butter' fashion and finished in the Georgian style. The model is partially decked, rigged and mounted on its original baseboard. Measuring 76 feet along the upper deck by 21 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 142 burden, the dimensions fit the three ketches of the 'Speedwell’ class, the others being 'Fly’ and 'Happy’.

The 18th-century sloops were usually rigged as ships, brigs, or brigantines. However, a few were ketch-rigged which enabled them to sail closer to the wind and had the added advantage of providing more space on the upper deck, particularly useful in the bomb vessels were heavy mortars had to be placed along the centre line.

Object Details

ID: SLR0335
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: Speedwell (1752)
Date made: circa 1752
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection
Measurements: Overall model: 670 x 860 x 290 mm; Base: 105 x 590 x 160 mm

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