SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS
Scale 1 : 78, length 109 cm, width 41 cm, height 93 cm
Launched in 1637, the SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS was larger and more powerful
than any other ship of her time. She sailed with 800 men, and her 104
guns could fire a broadside of more than a ton of metal.
In 1634, Charles I had asked the great English shipbuilder
Phineas Pett to build of a great new ship as part of his overall
effort to improve and expand England’s navy. Built at a cost of £65,586
– about ten 40-gun ships could have been built for the same amount – the
SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS was intended as an instrument of propaganda as
well as war. She was the Royal Navy’s most lavishly ornamented vessel.
In 1660 she was rebuilt and renamed Royal Sovereign. During the three
Anglo-Dutch Wars, she saw action at the Battle of Ketish Knock in 1652,
Orfordness (1666), Solebay (1672), Schoonveld (1673), and the
battle of Texel (1673). Following another rebuild in 1685, in the
War of the League of Augsburg, she was at the
battle of Beachy Head (1690) and the
battles of Barfleur and La Hogue (1692). In 1696 a misplaced candle
set the ship on fire and she burned at Chatham.
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There
several views of the entire ship model and the hull before a blue
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
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 the SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS was made in 1990. It has been
restored with love and care. The ship is a fine and beautiful piece of
work. The rigging and hull are impressive, and the many details show the
art of shipbuilding at that time. The model's sails are set as running
downwind on port tack.
The model is fixed to the stand board by two screws.
It is 1 : 78 scale. Length is 109 cm, width 41 cm, height 93 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.