Wooden ship models - the VICTORY, flagship of admiral Nelson in the battle of Trafalgar

   

Ship model HMS VICTORY

    

Scale 1 : 98 scale. Length 104 cm, width 37 cm, height 73 cm
More photos: several views of the model and of details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!

   

   

The VICTORY was launched 1765 in the navy yard of Chatham. From the start she was equipped with 100 cannons, but found her  first employment only in 1778 in the battle near Ouessant against the French. Afterwards there were several sea-engagements in shorter sequence, 1781 again Ouessant, followed by 1782 at Gibraltar, 1793 at Toulon, 1794 at Corsica and 1797 at Cape Sao Vicente.

 
On 18 May 1803 she became the flagship of admiral Nelson. He achieved two years later, on 21 October 1805, in the battle of Trafalgar the probably most important victory in the naval history of England.

 
In 1922 the VICTORY  was laid into a dry dock at Portsmouth and has been open for visitors since. Despite all changes in the long history of the ship and the numerous repairs, today she still holds many of the original woods from 1765.

 
 

This very finely worked ship model is made from mahogany below the water-line. That makes a nice contrast to the walnut of the above-surface hull and the stand board from ebony below. Because of the closed gun ports the impressive lines of the hull can be clearly seen.

 
This model of the VICTORY is 1 : 98 scale. Length is 104 cm, width 37 cm, height 73 cm.

   

Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There are several views of the entire model and of details.