The United States Continental Congress authorized the construction of this 182’ 74-gun Ship-of-the-Line, shown circa her 1782 launching. Probably designed by Joshua Humphreys, AMERICA was one the first U.S. efforts to match the naval design (size) and armament of other major navies of the era and would be consider the largest warship ever built in the Western Hemisphere. Prior to its launching it was designated for command by Capt. John Paul Jones, however AMERICA was preemptively given to the French in gratitude for their services and sacrifices on behalf of the cause of American patriots. The complex and comprehensive admiralty style of hull construction shows in great detail the vessel’s design features and gun decks all of boxwood with treenail fastenings. It is fully rigged and includes a handsome decorative figurehead.