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Master and Commander HMS Surprise Tall Model Ship 38" Limited
SOLD FULLY ASSEMBLED
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
Finely-crafted details and museum-quality features define these LimitedEdition scale replica tall ship models of the HMS Surprise. Devoted attention to historical accuracy ensures that every detail on HMS Surprise matches the Royal Navy’s Napoleonic Wars-era fighting tall ship made famous by Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series and the film Master and Commander: Far Side of the World starring Russel Crowe. 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, this LimitedEdition tall model ship is certain to inspire with her indomitable spirit and patriotic history.
38" Long x 12" Wide x 28" High (1:64 scale)
Built from scratch over hundreds of hours by master artisans
High quality woods include cherry, birch, maple and rosewood
Individual woodenplanks used in hull construction
Meticulous painting accurately matches the real HMS Surprise
Museum Quality features not available in other tall ship models under $3,000 or any kit
Accurate beakhead design and scrollwork
Netting on bow and along gunwale to prevent boarding
Increased detail of deck features, cannon carriages, painting and other features
200% more rigging than 30” model features over 200 blocks and deadeyes
Metal anchors weigh aside the bow
Cannon carriages tied-down to deck to reduce recoil
Other Amazing Details, including:
Planked deck with nail holes
Authentic scale lifeboats
Rudder chains, cannonball racks
Solid brass cannons and metal anchors
Additional deck details such as cannon balls, barrels, etc.
Masterfully stitched, heavy canvas sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
Limited production run only 50 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
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Formaldehyde, and Styrene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Chromium and Toluene, which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
HMS Surprise was a 38-gun frigate of the Hebe class of the Royal Navy, although all these Fifth Rate frigates were re-classed as 46-gun under the general re-rating of February 1817, from when carronades on the quarter deck and forecastle were included in the rating. She carried a complement of 284 officers and ratings, and a primary armament of 28 eighteen-pounder guns on her upper deck, with 8 nine-pounder guns (and 6 32-pounder carronades) on her quarterdeck and 2 nine-pounder guns (and 2 more 32-pounder carronades) on her forecastle.
The Surprise was ordered on April 10, 1809, and her keel was laid down at Milford Dockyard in Pembrokeshire in January 1810. She was launched on July 25, 1812, and sailed round to Plymouth Dockyard to be completed. Fitting out took place between August 9th and December 1, 1812, and she was commissioned in September 1812 under the command of Captain Sir Thomas John Cochrane, sailing for the West Indies on December 19, 1812. She measured 150 feet 4 inches on the gun deck, with a breadth of 40 feet and a half-inch, and a depth in hold of 12 feet 9 inches, giving a tonnage of just over 1,072.
Under Cochrane's command, she served initially on the Leeward Islands, where she captured the American 12-gun privateer Decatur on January 16, 1813, and subsequently on the North American station during the War of 1812. From June 1814 she was commanded by Capt. George Knight and was present at the bombardment of Fort McHenry in September 1814. She paid off out of commission into Ordinary (i.e. reserve) in August or September 1815. By 1822 she had been reduced to a hulk at Milford, but was then fitted out at Plymouth as a convict hulk to be stationed at Cork, where she remained until sold (for £2,010) there in 1837.