Warship (1794); Frigate; Fifth rate; Diana class; 38 guns

Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of the 'Diana'-class frigate (1794), a 38-gun fifth-rate, built in 'bread and butter' fashion and finished in the Georgian style. Model is partially decked, equipped, and mounted on its original pillar supports with a modern base. This model clearly illustrates the increasing use of bone and ivory in particular the carved decoration on the stern and the numerous fittings that were turned on a lathe such as the capstan head and deadeyes.

This class of frigate were built from plans by Sir John Henslow, Surveyor of the Navy, 1784-1806, and had a gun deck of 146 feet by 39 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 984 (builders old measurement). Known as the 'eyes and ears’ of the fleet, the frigate was used for a variety of roles such as searching out and reporting on the enemy fleets and convoys, as well as independent patrols worldwide.

Object Details

ID: SLR0342
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: Diana (1794)
Date made: circa 1794
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall model: 275 x 1115 x 255 mm; Base: 65 x 755 x 305 mm
Parts: Warship (1794); Frigate; Fifth rate; Diana class; 38 guns

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