Ship model USS BONHOMME RICHARD of 1779
Scale 1 : 48, length 138 cm, width 44 cm, height 117 cm,
More photos of entire ship model, of
details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!
USS BONHOMME RICHARD under the command of
Paul Jones became famous when she took the English frigate HMS
Serapis as a prize after a 4-hours-fight in the North Sea in 1779.
Paul Jones was one of first commanders in the emerging US Navy. In 1777 he
had got the mission to carry the war against England to Europe. In
France he managed to purchase the East Indiaman Duc de Duras, converted
her to a frigate and renamed her BONHOMME RICHARD. On 23 September 1779
the ship and her small squadron met an English convoy guarded by the the
English frigate HMS Serapis. A battle took place near Flamborough Head
on the eastern coast of England. Although the American ship got so
heavily damaged that she sank the next day, Paul Jones managed to take
the Serapis as a prize.
By this Paul Jones became famous in Europe and America.
The ship model was built according to
plans of Jean Boudriot (Collection
Archeologie Navale Française). Please take your time to have a good look
at the set of photos. There are
several views of the entire ship model taken
from all directions and several
closer views of hull, deck and rigging. If you click on a photo you will get that photo in high
resolution. Only these high resolution photographs show how much work
and handicraft ability were put in the model.
Viewing the high resolution photos: If you use Microsoft Internet
Explorer or Firefox, press F11 to minimize navigation bars and have a
larger screen with the photos. The high resolution photos are about 12
megapixel. So they are about 10 - 20 times larger than your 0.5 -
1.3 megapixel computer screen. Most browsers by default downsize the
pictures to screen size, so you cannot see all the details of the ship
models. To see the original resolution move the mouse over the
pictures and click on the magnifying lens.
The model of the BONHOMME RICHARD is 1 : 48 scale. Length is 138 cm,
width 44 cm, height 117 cm. It is a beautiful piece of work, very finely
detailed. The planks are made of pear and ebony, the deck is maple and
the carvings are made of boxwood. The model's sails are set as running
downwind on port tack.
There are two stands the model could be put in. One is shown in the
photos above, the ship model being stabilized by two small wedges in the
middle of the hull. The other one is a somewhat bigger massive black
board, putting the model some cm above the ground. When
comparing the two
stands I personally prefer the two small wedges.
US flag used by Paul Jones, as shown on the model, later was named
nthusiasts and model
makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone
builds such a model by himself.