Cornwallis (1813); Warship; Third rate; 74 guns

Scale: 1:16. A contemporary full hull model of the 'Cornwallis' (1813), a 74-gun two-decker ship of the line, built plank on frame. Model is decked, fully equipped and rigged with sails both furled and set. There are several figures mounted later on the model to give a better idea of scale, comprising of a captain, master and a couple of ordinary seamen working on deck and in the rigging.

Built of teak by Jamsetzee Bomajee in the Bombay Dockyard, the `Cornwallis’ measured 177 feet along the gun deck by 48 feet in the beam and had a tonnage of 1809 (builders old measurement). It served during the first China War in 1842, and by 1855, was converted to a steamship and reduced to carrying 60-guns. In 1865, it was sunk and used as a jetty off Sheerness Dockyard, finally being broken up in 1857.

The model itself is said to have been constructed alongside the actual ship by the builder’s son. This can be confirmed by his signature on the underside of the coach house roof on the deck. The copper sheathing of hull, which prevented weed growth and damage by marine molluscs, was added later to illustrate the size and pattern of application.

Object Details

ID: SLR0677
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Plank-on-frame; Plated model; Rigged model; Sails furled; Sails set; Scenic model
Display location: Display - All Hands Gallery
Creator: Bomajee, J.
Vessels: Cornwallis (1813)
Date made: 1813
People: Honourable East India Company
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Royal United Service Institution Collection
Measurements: Overall: 4050 x 6100 x 2120 mm
Parts: Cornwallis (1813); Warship; Third rate; 74 guns

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