HMS Surprise Medium Model Ship
This gorgeous HMS Surprise model ship is hand-crafted from fine woods such as rosewood, mahogany, and teak, as well as other exotic woods. The hull is built plank-on-frame and all strips are expertly joined to ensure a seamless finish. Coated with a clear varnish, every detail of this vessel is captivating.
A wooden bowsprit, foremast, mainmast, and mizzen mast are all included, along with fabric sails and hand-crafted rigging in matching colors. Situated on the main deck, 2 wooden boats are housed in a large rectangular area with 2 wooden bunkers, a wooden/metal steering wheel, and a wooden bunker with a telescope. The poop deck features a navigational area, complete with 2 metal steering wheels for the captain and 1 wooden cabin.
Metal railings encircle the beak deck area, leading up to the quarter deck. Two rows of numerous metal cannons line both sides of the hull, supplemented by additional crafted metal parts such as anchors, lanterns, statues, and more. A wooden rudder held by metal assists the ship in its journey, supplemented by a wooden stand with a nameplate engraved “HMS Surprise 1794”. Built with accuracy to scale from original plans, pictures, and drawings, this model only incorporates highest quality wood and metal parts, with no plastic components included.
Dimensions: 27.5" length x 8.25" width x 26.75" tall
A little history:
H.M.S. Surprise has become famous as the 18th-century tall ship portrayed in the movie “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” starring Russell Crowe. The ship used in the Academy Award-winning film is actually a modern tall ship – a magnificent replica of a 24-gun Royal Navy frigate. The Surprise was painstakingly re-created to look like a vessel from the Revolutionary War Era. The replica ship was christened H.M.S. Rose when launched in 1970 in Nova Scotia, and for more than 30 years it served as a sail-training vessel, primarily along the East Coast. In the movie, a fictional British frigate named the Surprise and a much larger French warship, the Acheron, stalk each other off of the coast of South America. The movie, directed by Peter Weir, was based on a book by author Patrick OBrian. After the movie, the ship’s name was officially changed from the Rose to the Surprise. Today, H.M.S. Surprise resides dockside at the San Diego Maritime Museum and is still seaworthy.