St. Albans

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By: William H. Eisele

British 4th-rate ship of 52 gun, built at Deptford, England in 1686 by John Shish. She was 128’ in length on the gun deck, 32.0’ breadth, 13.2’ depth of hold. The Navy Board / Admiralty style model is a built-up plank on frame construction with doubled frames having us on futtocks, which are pegged / treenailed. All hull and deck planks are pegged and the model includes approximately 204 individual hand-carved pieces. The keel, stem, stern post and frames are cherry, lower hull planks are pear, whales are ebony, bulwark, rails moldings and furniture are boxwood. All carvings are boxwood except for eight heads, which are walnut. It includes three mast stubs and bowsprit section, and is mounted on a ‘railway’ style plynth and presented in a glazed and walnut framed display case. The research for the model was acquired from the Science Museum in London where colored plans of a contemporary model of St. Albans was archived. These plans are two sheets which show inboard and outboard profile, bow, stern, bulkhead carving, deck plan, and hull frames. The quarter inch scale drawings show all the carvings in great detail.

Model type: Admiralty Style, Naval, Sail
Scale: 1/4" = 1'
Size: 451/2” L x 19" H x 14 1/2" W
Class: A/Special
Code: NAV 3700

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