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Prince de Neufchatel 24"
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
A highly accurate and detailed scale model yacht designed for the discriminating sailboat enthusiast, this tall model ship is a museum quality replica of the Prince de Neufchatel topsail schooner. A fine tall ships model of the famous American privateer that mercilessly raided British shipping in the English channel during the War of 1812, the Prince de Neufchatel 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 the actual Prince de Neufchatel
- Removable base features Prince de Neufchatel 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
The Prince de Neufchatel was a fast sailing United States schooner rigged privateer built in New York by Noah and Adam Brown in approximately 1812. She is a fine example of the peak of development of the armed schooner. So successful was she that in 1813, operating in the English channel, nine British prizes were taken in quick succession.
Neufchatel was 33.73 meters long at the gundeck, 7.82 meters abeam, and displaced 328 long tons. Her armament consisted of sixteen 12 pound carronades and two long six pounders.
Neufchatel operated in mainly European waters, damaging British shipping during the War of 1812. Noted for her speed, at one time she outran seventeen Man o war. She also at one point in her career fought off the boats of the British frigate Endymion.
She met her fate during a December 1814 half-gale when three British frigates sighted her and began to pursue. Under the strain of the large sail area her masts sprung. Not being able to out run the three British frigates and was forced to surrender. Captured and taken to England she was damaged beyond repair on the back of the sill of a dock gate as she was leaving for service with the British Navy.