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A very fine scale model of the American Frigate U.S.S. Essex**
A very fine scale model of the American Frigate U.S.S. Essex**


A very fine scale model of the American Frigate U.S.S. Essex** Charles O. MacDonald (Scottish/American 20th century), 1985 a fine scale model in 1/8" to 1' scale model with the hull built up in the solid and planked over in ivory, with the planking held in place with brass pins. The bottom of the hull has been copper plated over the ivory planking, the waist of the ship is in ebony, and the top rail below the coaming is cherry. At the bow is a carved wooden figurehead holding a staff. The quarter galleries and the transom of the model are of ebony and inlaid with ivory. The decks of the model are planked in ivory and the planking is held in place with wooden pins. The decks of the model are well detailed which include: anchors, pin and fife rails, stove pipe, brass bell in an ivory belfry, brass cannons rigged on wooden carriages, capstans, companionway, brass railing posts, ships boats lashed amidships and on davits at the stern, ship's wheel, buckets, and many other details. The model is well rigged with three masts, a bowsprit, standing and running rigging which includes ratlines, stays, halyards, bracing lines, trees, tops, cross spars and other rigging details. The model is mounted on a pair of turned wooden pedestals and displayed in a brass bound mahogany case with an inlaid mahogany base 36 x 14 x 24½ in. (91.4 x 35.6 x 62.2 cm.) cased
San Francisco Ship Model Gallery, New York

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Five new frigates were built by the subscription of merchants in the young American colonies. The third of these was the frigate Essex which was built by Enos Briggs of Salem, MA in 1799. She carried thirty two guns. She was captured by the British ships Phoebe and Cherub at Valparaiso in 1814 and taken into the Royal Navy. She was then sold and broken up in Chatham Dockyard in 1819.


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