by Gene Andes
The model was scratch built from plans by Portia Takjian using details from her book on the Essex in the Anatomy of the Ship series. Frames are poplar, hull planked in red oak, beams, deck planking, details are hard maple. Cannon and anchors are ebony. Deadeyes, and pulley sheaves turned from lignam vitae. Blocks are mostly maple and boxwood. Cordage was made up on a rope machine in linen, mostly from fine surgical ligature.
Essex was built in Salem, MA by Enos Briggs, funded by public subscription. Construction began in 1798. She was launched on 30 September 1799 and delivered on 17 December 1799.
She was captured by the British on March 28, 2014 and renamed HMS Essex. She served as a man-o'-war until November 1814 when converted to hulk, then to a convict ship in 1823, and was finally sold off in 1837.
- 139'9" LBP, 140' on gun deck
- 12'3" depth of hold
- 12 knots
- 40 x 32 pound carronades, 6 x 12 pound long guns
Model Subject » Type » Vessel » Naval and Privateer » Wooden Navy » Frigates and un-rated ships
Model Subject » Propulsion » Sail
Model Subject » Era » (1700-1815) Apex of Sail
Model » Modellers » Andes, Gene
Model » Scale » (0064) 1:64 or 3/16"=1'
Model Subject » Length » 125-200 feet (38-61m)
Model Subject » Nationality » America (USA)
Model » Type » Static