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, as with the entire Swan class was designed by Williams and her construction was ordered by the Admiralty on 1st August 1775 to be built at Sheerness Dockyard. The keel was laid in January 1776, the ship was launched on 14th September 1776. She performed mainly convoy escort duties during the French Revolutionary Wars, though she did capture three privateers. She foundered and was lost with all hands early in January 1802 off Cape Flattery, Newfoundland. Wikipedia has an article on the history of HMS Fly.
The Swan class sloops were unusually attractive for the class of vessel. Not only did they have sleek hull lines but they also carried an unusual amount of decoration for their size. They were built just before the Admiralty issued orders that all vessels (especially lesser rates and unrated vessels) have minimal decoration and carvings to save on costs, due to the seemingly ever-continuing war with France and other nations.
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.
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.
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