Scenic model; Topographical model

Scale: 1:480. A realistically painted model of Chatham Dockyard as it appeared in 1774, made entirely in wood with metal and organic material fittings. A section of the River Medway is shown depicted in blue/green paint with dark grey foreshore. All the principal buildings of the dockyard are shown as well as other features. The model shows the long slender layout of the dockyard and its perimeter wall and gatehouse. The ground has been depicted in stippled paint. The principal buildings shown are the storehouses, rope walk, Commissioner's House and garden, officers' terrace, sail and mould lofts, and watch towers. Along the shore perimeter of the dockyard there are six cranes, an anchor wharf, six slipways, and four dry docks. Both mast ponds are shown with masts being seasoned and both covered with single sheets of mica. Two ships in frame are shown and a large completed ship with five launching flags is depicted, a fourth ship is depicted with its keel, stem and stern posts and first futtocks. The model shows numerous neat piles of timber. A scale rule and compass rose made in ivory have been applied to the model. On rule is 'A Scale of 40 Feet to an Inch'. On compass rose is 'His Majesty s Dock Yard Chatham contains 68 acres 2 road 31 feet'. At either end of the model there are two ornate gilded lifting handles.

Object Details

ID: SLR2151
Collection: Ship models
Type: Scenic model; Topographical model
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Monk, John; Phillips, William
Places: Chatham Dockyard
Vessels: Barfleur (1768)
Date made: 1772-1774; circa 1774
People: King George III
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall model, case and display table: 1079 x 2737 x 836 mm
Parts: Scenic model; Topographical model

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