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Dapper Tom 24" Description
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
This museum quality replica of the Dapper Tom topsail schooner is a highly accurate and detailed scale model yacht designed for the discriminating sailboat enthusiast. This fine tall ships model of the twin-masted clipper ship has been outfitted as a privateer during the War of 1812, and is perfectly sized for any small shelf, desk or mantle.
24" Long x 5" Wide x 16" High (1:45 scale)
- Built from scratch by master artisans
- Individual wooden planks used in plank-on-frame hull construction
- High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
- Extensive rigging and historically accurate sails
- Gun ports actually cut into the hull
- Amazing Details, including:
- Planked deck with nail holes
- Rope coils, deck cleats and other nautical items adorn decks
- Lattice grates, rudder chains, wooden ladders and planked steps
- Solid brass cannons and metal anchors
- Masterfully stitched, heavy canvas sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
- Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
- Meticulous painting accurately matches period schooners
- Removable base features Dapper Tom nameplate
- Extensive research of our tall ship models from original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy
Legal pirates. That's what privateers really were. Private ship owners could buy an official license from the government at times of war. To harass the known enemy. While 'accidentally' taking other prizes as well. Only the fastest vessels would do, light and nimble ships, simple armament. Speed and surprise were key elements of privateer tactics. The well named 'Dapper Tom' is one of the most elegant Baltimore Schooners ever built.
During the early 19th century, many Baltimore clippers were granted privateering licenses by the US government. Since all commerce was subject to the legalized banditry of privateers, only a fast, well handled ship could be reasonably sure of reaching its destination. Privateers like the Dapper Tom depended on their sailing abilities and fire power to prey on foreign shipping and to escape the British men-of-war patrolling the high seas.
The Dapper Tom, an 8-gun topsail schooner, is to great extent, typical of Baltimore Privateers of a stormy decade when ships were at the mercy of any stranger, and even armed ships were safe only in proportion to their nimbleness.