by Gene Andes
The vessel is shown as she might have appeared when setting out from anchorage: The port bower is catted and about to be fished for stowage. The last ship’s boat is being hoisted aboard. The fore topsail has been unfurled, jibs are being deployed, and the ship is making steerage way.
The hull was built from Harold Hahn plans using his (Hahn) method of construction. The frames are maple and the hull planked in oak. The spars, beams, deck planking, details of hull, and blocks are largely maple, with some boxwood used for blocks and transom/gallery/figurehead carving.
The cordage is made up with home built rope machine from cotton thread in sizes calculated from Steele.
The guns and deadeyes are turned from lignam vitae.
The crew are carved from boxwood.
The rigging is conjectural and based on Hahn’s plans, “Steel’s Elements of Mastmaking, Sailmaking,and Rigging,(1932 reproduction, reprinted 1983), James Lees “the Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War 1625-1860” Naval Institute Press (1984).
Raleigh was authorized by Continental Congress on 13 December 1775, and built at the shipyard of John Langdon in Kittery Maine. Construction began 21 March 1776 and she was launched 21 May 1776.
She sailed with Alfred, engaging British supply convoys and naval vessels. When the Alfred was captured, Raleigh returned to Boston in April 1778. On 25 September 1778, Raleigh, under John Barry, engaged two British ships and was run aground and abandoned by her crew, who failed in an effort to return to burn her. Raleigh was re-floated by the British and served in the Royal Navy until 1781 as HMS Raleigh. She was decomissioned 10 June 1781 and sold off in July of that year.
Her lines were taken off at the time of Naval survey and preserved in the British Maritime museum, and were the basis for the Hahn plans.
- 26 x 12 pound long guns, 10 x 6 pound long guns
Page for the Raleigh on the modeler's personal website
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
Model » Build Method » Scratch