Warship (1810); Brig; 18 guns

Scale: 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of an 18-gun brig (circa 1810), built plank on frame. Model is decked and fully equipped including a full set of guns with tackle, a capstan rigged with bars, double wheel and a pair of boats slung from davits. At this scale the model represents a vessel measuring 100 feet along the gun deck by 31 feet in the beam and a tonnage of 384 burden. Of special interest on this model are the quarter davits, used both for stowing the boats and thus un-cluttering deck space, as well as allowing quick release for launch.

The design and layout would suggest that this model represents one of the numerous ‘Cruiser’-class brigs built between 1797-1815. These ships played a very active part during the Napoleonic Wars, being used as ‘maid of all work’, for example, for the carrying of despatches to Plymouth from the fleet blockading Brest, or for convoying trade along the coast.

Object Details

ID: SLR0348
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Plank-on-frame
Display location: Not on display
Date made: Circa 1810
People: B. K. Hope
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Overall model: 190 x 745 x 230 mm; Base: 90 x 388 x 152 mm
Parts: Warship (1810); Brig; 18 guns
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