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
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
The BERMUDA SLOOP model, photos, description and dimensions
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. If you click on a photo you
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photographs show how much work and handicraft ability were put in the
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This very beautiful model of a BERMUDA SLOOP is 1 : 48 scale. Length is
84 cm, width 28 cm, height 65 cm.
This model has been already sold. The pictures and the data are shown in
gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model
makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone
builds such a model by himself.