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Harriet Lane Limited 32"
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
Finely-crafted details and museum-quality features define these Limited Edition scale Civil War replicas and tall ship models of the Harriet Lane. Every detail of the famous side-wheeler steamship and Revenue Service Cutter matches the original Harriet Lane due to our devotion to historical accuracy. This Limited Edition tall model ship is certain to inspire with her indomitable spirit and patriotic history as the centerpiece of a den, office or meeting room, or perhaps setting a patriotic nautical tone for a family living room or corporate boardroom.
32" Long x 8" Wide x 15" High (1:101 scale)
- Built from scratch over hundreds of hours by master artisans
- High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
- Individual wooden planks used in hull construction
- Museum Quality features not available in other tall ship models under $3,000 or any kit
- Real copper-strip plated hull (not painted on) like the actual US Brig Niagara (done to prevent shipworms from destroying the wood hull)
- Increased detail of deck features, cannon carriages, painting and other features
- Extensive rigging features over 100 blocks and deadeyes
- Metal anchors weigh aside the bow
- Other Amazing Details, including:
- Planked deck with nail holes
- Authentic scale lifeboats
- Highly detailed wheelhouse and deckhouses
- Metal chains secure smokestack
- Solid brass cannons and metal anchors
- Additional deck details such as cannon balls, barrels, rope coils, etc.
- Masterfully stitched, heavy canvas sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
- Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
- Meticulous painting accurately matches the actual Harriet Lane
- Limited production run only 10 of this tall ship model
- Certificate of Authenticity individually numbered and signed by HMS Founder and Master Builder Richard Norris
- Wooden display base features four arched dolphins
- Pictured with marble base (available for purchase)
- Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy
USRC Harriet Lane Enters Union Navy:
Prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, the USRC Harriet Lane was built by the Treasury Department and launched in November of 1857 as a cutter for the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. Designed by the noted naval architect Samuel Pook, who was renowned for his crafting of incredibly fast ships, the Harriet Lane began her service at 270 feet long with two masts and a double-right-angled marine engine featuring two side paddles. Sheathed in copper, and weighing 750 tons, she initially only carried light armaments and a crew of 95 sailors. As part of a U.S. Navy expedition to Paraguay between 1858 and 1859, the Harriet Lane served as a support force as American ambassadors discussed an unprovoked attack by Paraguayan forces, on American ships, in 1855. Providing a show of military might, as well as rescuing grounded American ships along the Parana River, the Harriet Lane was a vital addition to the mission.
Harriet Lane Fires First Naval Shot of Civil War:
Leading up to the war the Harriet Lane resumed duties as a cutter, and in 1860 she had the honor of carrying the Prince of Wales on a visit to Mount Vernon; the first time that a member of the British Royal Family had visited America diplomatically since the Revolutionary War. Less than a month after the outbreak of the Civil War, on March 30, 1861 the Harriet Lane was transferred to naval command and sent on mission to Charleston, South Carolina where she was to resupply and fortify Fort Sumter. It was here that the Harriet Lane fired the very first naval shots of the Civil War, her artillery fire glancing across the bow of the civilian transport steamer Nashville, which had unwittingly made the mistake of not raising her colors as she attempted to enter Charleston Harbor. Two weeks later Sumter fell to Confederate forces, Major Robert Anderson surrendered the fort, and the Harriet Lane withdrew with the fleet before being redirected to Fort Clark and Fort Hatteras on North Carolina’s outer bank. On August 26 the Harriet Lane, as part of a large fleet, attacked from Hampton Roads, Virginia giving the North a massive victory and securing a prime Southern base for the Union Navy.
Rearmed, Harriet Lane Goes to Battle:
Three days after the victory the Harriet Lane was run aground attempting to enter Pamlico Sound and all armaments and provisions were thrown overboard in an attempt to refloat her. Repaired at Hampton Roads, she was damaged yet again as she sailed past Shipping Point, Virginia, taking fire from an on shore Confederate battery. After further repairs she was rearmed with three 32-pound rifles and four 24-pound howitzers in preparation for further naval battle. Sent to the Gulf Coast, she rejoined the fleet at the mouth of the Mississippi River in anticipation of taking the river for Union control. On March 4, 1862 the fleet began bombarding Confederate forts in New Orleans, and in June of that year Harriet Lane was sent to attack the batteries in Vicksburg.
Protected by heavy Confederate troops and firepower, the fleet was repelled in Vicksburg and Harriet Lane did not see action again until September. That month, as part of a blockade fleet, the Harriet Lane sailed to Galveston, Texas in preparation for yet another siege. On October 4 the fleet participated in the First Battle of Galveston Harbor, quickly taking the fort for the Union. After the remains of the battle had been cleared, on October 9, the Union landed at the fort, raised the Union flag, and the key to the city was given to Captain Wainright of the Harriet Lane. The victory would be short lived, however, as on the morning of January 1, 1863, before the break of day, Confederate forces moved on the fort, recapturing it, and began firing on the Union ships at anchor in the harbor. During this bombardment, though the majority of the fleet was able to escape, the Harriet Lane was struck by the gunboat Bayou City and was forced to surrender to Confederate officers. In an unfortunate turn for the Union, the Harriet Lane carried a complete copy of the US signal service book in her cabin, allowing the Confederates access to vital Northern information.
Renamed Elliott Ritchie, Meets Tragic End:
By March 10 the Harriet Lane was legally under Confederate control, resuming her duties as a cutter and supply vessel. Dispatched to Cuba, in an attempt to beat the Union blockade, she ran to port carrying a cargo of desirable Southern cotton. Union officers noticed the fast cutter and sent a warship in pursuit, causing the Confederate captain to destroy his cargo and attempt to flee before surrendering the ship back to Union forces. Following yet another round of repairs the ship returned to sea, though deemed unfit for naval service she was refitted as a transport ship and renamed the Elliott Ritchie. Over her final years the Elliott Ritchie transported coal and merchandise from Philadelphia, eventually catching fire at sea and sinking in 1881.