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Ship model HMS Melville, an English 74 gun ship of the line of 1813

 

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,
More photos: of entire ship, of details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!


HMS Melville, an English 74 gun ship of the line


The "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.


HMS Melville 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 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.


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 108 cm.

The ship can be taken out of the stand, i.e. for transport.


This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data are shown in the gallery of the ship models sold only to let e
nthusiasts and model makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such a model by himself.