Ship model HMS Melville, an English 74
gun ship of the line of 1813
Scale 1 : 64, length 145 cm, width 50 cm, height 108 cm,
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of details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!
HMS Melville, an English 74 gun ship of the line
"Seventy-four" was a type of two-decked sailing ship of the line
that from about 1770 to about 1830 was a mainstay of the world's fleets.
The ship nominally carried 74 guns. The type of ship was
originally developed by the French Navy in the mid-18th century and
later became a standard feature in all European navies. The design
proved to be a good balance between firepower and sailing qualities.
was one of the standard 74s, built in 1813 - 1817 and named after
Henry Dundas Viscount Melville who had been
First Lord of the Admiralty in 1804 - 1805. The ship belonged to the
Black Prince class ship of the line, was ordered in 1813 and
launched 1817 at the Naval Dockyard at Bombay. She served in North
America and the West Indies, later on at Cape of Good Hope and in the
East Indies and was present during the First Opium War with China. In
1857 she was converted to serve as a hospital ship. In 1873 she was sold
out of the navy.
The HMS Melville model, photos, description and dimensions
The HMS Melville model was built to plans of Harold A. Underhill, scale
1 : 64. It took the modeller, Mr. Klaus Beining, 2500 work hours in 1993
- 2009 to make this ship model. All pieces except for the guns were made
by himself. The copper-sheathing of the under-water hull has 2800
plates. All sails except for the studding sails are set.
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There
several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions,
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.
This model of an English 74 gun ship of the line is a true masterpiece,
beautifully built with extreme care for details, especially in detailing
the rigging and sails. When building the model
documentary photos were taken (webpage with 119 pictures, size 7.3
MB) that have been compounded to
a 100 page book. The book is sold with model.
The ship model is 1 : 64 scale. Length is 145 cm, width 50 cm, height
The ship can be taken out of the stand, i.e. for transport.
nthusiasts and model
makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone
builds such a model by himself.