HMS Speedwell

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By: Philip S. Reed

The Admiralty style full hull model represents the classic style of framing, depicting this well designed British sloop / ketch. Built at Chatham Dockyard and launched on October 21, 1752 as a support or small transport vessel most likely used to carry important dispatches or high ranking people given its fine decorations. The frames are double sawn while others represent single frames. The model is almost nearly all natural finish of boxwood with ebonized thick wale. The interior bulwarks a muted red providing a nice contrast. On deck it has some planking removed to show deck beam and other construction elements, a ship’s boat mount just aft of the windlass, galley stack, capstan, hatches with gratings, a long tiller, and swivel guns mounted on the forward rails. All eight long guns are mounted on rigged carriages. The rigging is twisted copper wire and shows convincing catenary effects and various furled sails. At the bow atop the stem is mounted a carved female figurehead of boxwood, as well as other detailed decorative carving work on the quarter galleries and stern. Model is mounted on two ebony carved keel supports and presented in a English black walnut burl veneer case with matching cover trim. Two brass engraved name plaques.

Model type: Admiralty Style
Scale: 1/16" = 1'
Size: 11” x 6" x 9 1/2"
Class: A/Special

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