A BERMUDA SLOOP of 1740 by plans of Frederic af Chapman



The BERMUDA SLOOP, a fast sailing ship

The Bermuda sloop is a type of sailing vessel that seem to be built first in Jamaica during the early 1600s. They were fast, reliable and robust ships.
By 1700 buildings of these ships shifted to the Bermuda Islands. The Bermuda sloops became a commonly used sailing vessel in the Caribbean and later amongst sloop rigs worldwide. Soon, shipbuilding became one of the primary trades on the Bermuda Islands. The ships were exported throughout the West Indies and eventually to Europe. The spreading of that ship type was partly due to the availability of large quantities of red cedar, that has superior qualities of rot-resistance, low density (allowing the ships be lighter and faster) and high strength.
It were the French that first used that ship type for leisure trips. They made it well-known in Europe, too.

Literature used by the maker of that model: Eduard Bobrik: Seefahrtskunde, Howart I. Chapelle: The Search For Speed Under Sail; Frederic af Chapman: Architectura Navalis Mercartoria; Orazio Curti: Schiffsmodellbau;  Charles G. Davis: The Shipmodelbuilders Assistant; Merrit A. Edson jr.: Smithonian Institution; Wolfram zu Mondfeld: Historische Schiffsmodelle; Alec A. Purves: Flags; Steel's Elements For Sailmaking, Masting And Rigging; Zeitgenoessisches Aquarell von Karzavhin.

The BERMUDA SLOOP model, photos, description and dimensions


This very beautiful model of a BERMUDA SLOOP is 1 : 48 scale. Length is 84 cm, width 28 cm, height 65 cm.

Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There are several views of the entire ship model  and several closer views hull and rigging.