Warship (1725); First rate; 100 guns

Scale: 1:48. A Navy Board full hull model of a 100-gun, three-decker, first-rate ship of the line (circa 1725). The model is decked and equipped. The finely carved group figurehead with the ‘G.R.’ monogram suggests that the model should have a ‘royal’ name. The model bears a resemblance to both the ‘Royal William’ (SLR0408, SLR0409) and ‘Royal George’ but was probably intended to represent a typical first rate of the period.

In its 100-gun incarnation, it would have been 175 feet long in the gun deck with a beam of 50 feet, and weighed 1895 tons burden. It would have carried twenty-eight 32-pound guns on its gun deck, twenty-eight 24-pounders on its middle deck, twenty-eight 12-pounders on its upper deck, along with twelve 6-pounders on its quarterdeck and four on its forecastle. Its complement would have been 800 men.

The ‘Royal George’, linked to this model by the monogram, was launched in 1715, but reduced to a 90-gun second rate in 1745. Renamed the ‘Royal Anne’ in 1756, it was broken up in 1767.

Object Details

ID: SLR0422
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Plank-on-frame
Display location: Not on display
Date made: circa 1725
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall model: 425 x 1350 x 320 mm; Base: 95 x 1410 x 265 mm

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