The English HMS FLY, a ship rigged sloop of 1776
The H.M.S. Fly was the sixth of the Swan Class of ship rigged sloops, of 25 vessels built from 1766 to 1780. Fly was ordered by the Admiralty in 1775 to be built at Sheerness Dockyard. She was launched in September 1776. She performed mainly convoy escort duties during the French Revolutionary Wars, though she did capture three privateers. She got lost in 1802 off Cape Flattery, Newfoundland. Wikipedia has an article on the history of HMS Fly.
The Swan class sloops were unusually beautiful. They had elegant sleek hull lines and carried unusually much decoration for such small ships. After they were built the Admiralty ordered all vessels, especially the smaller ones, to have minimal decoration to save costs, as the wars with France became more and more costly.
The original plans of the Fly still exist. Several ship model kit producers offer historically accurate wooden model kits based upon the plans.
The HMS FLY model, photos, description and dimensions
The ship model was built without sails to allow for a better
view on the very detailed, impressive rigging. The model clearly shows
the elegant lines of the hull.
There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging. Click images to enlarge!
The finely worked, beautiful ship model is 1 :
Length is 76 cm, width 29 cm, height 66 cm.
Price of the ship model and transport
The price of the model is 3100 Euro, plus transport cost.
Transport: The ship model can be secured in a transport box. This way,
truck or air cargo over long distances can be safely done.
If you live close by, picking up the model with your car may be a good way, too.
The ship model is available at my showroom in Recklinghausen. Here is information on how to order a ship model and how the transport can be arranged.
Please contact me, if you are
interested in the ship model.
Dr. Michael Czytko, Kuehlstr. 31, D-45659 Recklinghausen, Germany,
Tel. +49 2361 59757, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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