'Superb', 74-guns

Scale: 1:48. Contemporary carvel built block design model of the 'Superb' (1760), a 74-gun two-decker ship of the line. The model is decked and has the name ‘Superbe’ on the stern. The figurehead is a warrior (?) holding a sword.

Although not as elaborate when compared with models such as those built in the Navy Board style, block models are considered a valuable source of information in terms of hull shape and decoration. They were constructed from layers of wood, the lines of which were lifted from the plan, and assembled in a ‘bread and butter’ fashion, after which the hull was carved and faired to produce a final smooth finish. It was the normal practise to paint on various fittings such as gun-port lids, channels and in some cases elaborate decoration.

Object Details

ID: SLR0506
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Plank-on-frame
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: Superb (1760)
Date made: circa 1760
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 327 x 1240 x 312 mm
Parts: 'Superb', 74-guns

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