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HMS Leopard Limited 36"
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
Museum-quality features and finely-crafted details define this model tall ships scale replica Limited Edition of the HMS Leopard. Every detail on this warship is ensured to match her as she sailed the Great Lakes and Atlantic prior to the War of 1812 through devoted attention to historical accuracy. Setting a patriotic nautical tone in a corporate boardroom or family living room, or perhaps as the centerpiece of a den, office or meeting room, this Limited Edition tall model ship is certain to inspire with her patriotic history and indomitable spirit.
36" Long x 12" Wide x 29" High (1:106 scale)
- Built from scratch over hundreds of hours by master artisans
- High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
- Beautiful variety clearly visible in natural finish
- Individual wooden planks used in hull construction
- Museum Quality features not available in other model tall ships under $3,000 or any kit
- Real copper-plated hull (not painted on) like the actual HMS Leopard (done to prevent shipworms from destroying the wood hull)
- Increased detail of deck features, cannon carriages, painting and other features
- Extensive rigging featuring over 200 blocks and deadeyes
- Cannon carriages tied-down to deck to reduce recoil
- Meticulous painting matches the actual HMS Leopard
- Other Amazing Details, including:
- Intricately carved hand-painted figurehead, scrollwork and stern window panes
- Planked deck with nail holes
- Authentic scale lifeboats with oars
- Cannonball racks, buckets, barrels, rope coils and other nautical items adorn decks
- Lattice grates, rudder chains, wooden ladders and planked steps
- Gun-deck and cannon visible through open main-deck grate
- 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
- Limited production run only 25 of this tall ships 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
Made famous in the Patrick O'brien novels. Our HMS Leopard is a museum quality handcrafted masterpiece. Add this model ship to your life today!
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HMS Leopard was a British 50-gun 4th rate warship involved in the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair. Her keel was laid down in 1775 at Portsmouth Dockyard and she was finally launched in 1790 from Sheerness. In early 1807, a number of British and American sailors deserted their respective ships, then blockading French ships in Chesapeake Bay, and joined the crew of the USS Chesapeake.
In an attempt to recover deserted British sailors (or possibly to press American sailors into the service of the Royal Navy), Captain Salisbury Pryce Humphreys hailed the USS Chesapeake and requested permission to search it. Commodore of the Chesapeake, James Barron, refused, and the Leopard opened fire. The former surrendered, and Humphreys boarded to search for deserters. The boarding party captured four deserters from the Royal Navy — two African-born Americans, one U.S.-born American and one British-born sailor — and took them to Halifax, where the British-born sailor, Jenkin Ratford, was later hanged. Though many subsequently believed the affair to be a prelude to the War of 1812, at the time it did little more than strain diplomatic relations between the United States and Britain.
In 1812, the Leopard was converted to a troopship. On June 28, 1814, she was en route from England to Quebec when she grounded on Anticosti Island in heavy fog. The ship was destroyed but none of those on board were lost.
The Leopard in fiction
In Patrick O'Brian's novel Desolation Island, the fifth book of the Aubrey–Maturin series, Jack Aubrey commands the Leopard on a cruise through the Atlantic and Indian oceans after the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair and before the beginning of the War of 1812.