By: Alain Benoit
This British sloop-of-war of the Fly Class (similar to the contemporaneous Speedwell Class) was built in 1752 at Portsmouth. FLY was ketch rig, with a single deck. The 18th century ketch was a square-rigged ship without a foremast, popular for naval use as dispatch or bomb vessels. This 75’, 8-gun sloop was sold out of the Royal Navy in 1772. Plank-on-frame model of pearwood, ebony, snakewood and various other woods. Fully rigged with a natural finish. Model is shown with detailed yet furled sails and numerous decorative carving work.