Development of the bomb ketch ship type
The use of mortars as ships' artillery came up in 17th century. Bomb ketches were difficult to sail, as there were large mortars on the foredeck in place of the fore-mast. To withstand the recoil of the cannons with their heavy projectiles, the bomb ketches had to have a massive and firm hull, with sturdy beams supporting the deck from below.
The bomb ketch model, photos, description and dimensions
This finely worked model is 1 : 60 scale. It was built as a waterline model. Much effort was put in showing intricate details of the ship.
The model was built in the 1970s and has been diligently restored.
Length is 76 cm, width 27 cm, height 67 cm. The ship is on port tack in quartering wind.