Passenger vessel; Landing craft

Scale: 1:24. A contemporary full hull model of a troop landing boat (circa 1758), complete with a full complement of 20 sailors and 50 armed Marines. Measuring 32 feet in length by 10 feet in the beam and an approximate tonnage of 12 burden, the hull is built in clinker fashion with a square transom and round bows.

These troop boats were carried in specially adapted transports hired by the Admiralty, and could be partially dismantled so that they would nest on top of each other for easy storage. They were used for landing soldiers on enemy shores, in particular on the French coast in 1758 and also the capture of Havana and St. Lucia. A half-pound swivel-gun mounted on the bow gave added protection when going ashore under fire.

Object Details

ID: SLR2538
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Plank-on-frame
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Date made: circa 1758
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Measurements: Overall model: 146 x 430 x 354 mm

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