USS Constitution - Made of timbers felled from Maine to Georgia and armed with cannons cast in Rhode Island and copper fastenings provided by Paul Revere, The U.S.S. Constitution is truly a national landmark. Launched in Boston on October 21, 1797, she first put to sea in 1798. In 1812 she met and defeated British ship H.M.S. Guerriere, the first in a grand succession of victories in the war of 1812. It was during this ferocious battle that seamen, astonished at how the British cannonballs were bouncing off the Constitutionís hull cried out- " Sir, Her sides are made from Iron !" hence her nickname, "Old Ironsides". The U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship in the world today.
These ships are 100% scratch built, put together piece by piece, similar to an actual ship. There are no model kits used here. The wood is cut from trees. All ships are Plank on Frame construction (hollow hulls). Ribs on the inside, piece by piece form the hull and deck. If you look closely, you can see the nails used to secure the strips of wood to the internal ribs. Some Admiral's line ships utilize double plank on frame construction. Wood is cut piece by piece and put over the base of the ship's hull to the water line. It's a lot of work and a fantastic look. The lines on the ships are working lines. They can be tightened and loosened. The Admiral's line ship's sails can be furled or unfurled by tracing each working line, though this is not recommended unless you are an avid model builder. Appreciate the rigging, the stitching on the sails, and the fantastic craftsmanship. Each ship comes with a solid wooden stand and a brass nameplate. Every ship comes with her history printed on antiqued paper along with a stand to display beside the ship. The ships are imported from all over the world from master craftsman who specialize in model boat building.
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