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USS Constellation Hand Crafted Model Ship, Exclusive Edition

$799.95

The U.S.S. Constellation was the last sail-only warship designed and built by the U.S. Navy. This gorgeous hand crafted model is a beautiful replica model, each with a unique and exclusive serial number.

Hand crafted using historical drawings and photographs, this model ship is built with high grade woods of western red cedar, mahogany and rosewood.

With incredible details, this model ship features plank on frame, two decks, and a ferocious row of metal cannons on each side of the ship. The front bowsprit and three large masts are connected securely using advanced rigging and lines painstakingly knotted and fastened by hand. Each yard has an attached hand-stitched rolled-up sail made of fine linen. The glorious American flag is attached to the mizzen yard. Metal anchors and a wooden rudder are visible on the front and rear of the ship. On the deck, there are stationed metal cannons, metal steering wheels, wood ladders and crane, captain’s dining and sleeping cabin, and many other handcrafted ornaments. There is also an exquisite detailed admiral’s quarter on the stern with beautiful decorative brass ornaments and an authentic hand-built lifeboat with ribs and planks.

This model arrives to you fully assembled on a solid wood base with brass nameplate.

Dimensions: 29" length x 9.25" wide x 26" tall

A little history:

On 27 March 1794, the United States Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794, which provided for building the US Navy its first new ships: the frigates Chesapeake, Congress, Constellation, Constitution, President, and United States. Constellation was the first to be commissioned. Constellation was built at Harris Creek Shipyard in Baltimore’s Fells Point and launched on 7 September 1797, just as the United States entered the Quasi-War with France. On 9 February 1799, under the command of Captain Thomas Truxtun, Constellation fought and captured the frigate L’Insurgente of 36 guns, the fastest ship in the French Navy — the first major victory by an American-designed and built warship. In February 1800 Constellation fought a night encounter with the frigate La Vengeance of 54 guns. Constellation was victorious after a five-hour battle. The French commander just managed to save his ship from capture and -upon returning to port- was so humiliated he later boasted that the American ship he had fought was a much larger and more powerful ship of the line. Since the encounter, Constellations incredible speed and power inspired the French to nickname her the "Yankee Racehorse”.

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