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Top Selling American Tall Model Ships

Virtually since it's inception the American Navy has always been one of the largest and most powerful naval forces on the planet. Even in the early days of a rag-tag fleet of privateers we were a force to be reckoned with based soley on creativity and tenacity! That emerging power demonstrated its force during the era of the classic tall sailing ships of the 18th and early 19th centuries. The USS Constitution has always represented the begining of the American naval dominance and probably the US Navy's most famous ship still today. Often referred to as "Old Ironside" due to the metal plated hull which prevented torpedos and cannon fire from pierecing the vessel, the USS Constitution was so successful that many ships followed suit. Many of our American model ships are made with real copper plated hulls which offer a beautiful highlight to what many say made these ships so famous.



USS Constitution

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The USS Constitution is made of timber from Maine to Georgia and armed with cannons cast in Rhode Island and copper fastenings provided by Paul Revere. Launched in Boston on October 21, 1797, she first put to sea in 1798. Having remained a part of the U.S. Navy since that day, Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship in the world which is still afloat.


Charles Morgan

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During her 80 years and 37 voyages, the Charles W. Morgan caught and processed more whales than any other whaling ship in history. Built in 1841 at the Hillman Brothers Shipyard on the Accent River in New Bedford, MA, she was registered at 351 tons. The Morgan was originally built fully ship-rigged, but shortly after the Civil War she was modified to become a double topsail bark. Her whaling days came to end in 1921 with the decline of whale oil prices. Purchased for Mystic Seaport in 1941, she's now a beautifully restored monument to the men who built and sailed her.


USS Constellation

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The first U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Constellation, for the "new constellation of stars" on the American flag, was launched in Baltimore on September 7, 1797. Rating 38 guns, displacing 1,278 tons, with 164-ft. length and 40 ft., 6 in. beam, Constellation combined the firepower of a standard frigate with celerity of a Baltimore Clipper. Capable of cruising at 14 knots, she earned the nickname, "Yankee Racehorse."


USCG Eagle

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USCG Eagle ~ This magnificent ship was built as a training vessel for the German Navy in 1936, and was awarded to the United States as reparations following World War II. On May 15, 1946, she was commissioned into the US Coast Guard service as Eagle and sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New London.


CSS Alabama

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The CSS Alabama was a screw sloop-of-war built for the Confederacy in 1862 by John Laird Sons and Company, Liverpool, England. Launched as Enrica, it was fitted out as a cruiser and commissioned 24 August 1862 as CSS Alabama. Under Captain Raphael Semmes, Alabama spent the next two months capturing and burning ships in the North Atlantic and intercepting American grain ships bound for Europe. Continuing the path of destruction through the West Indies, Alabama sank USS Hatteras along the Texas coast and captured her crew. After a visit to Cape Town, South Africa, Alabama sailed for the East Indies where the ship spent six months cruising, destroying seven more ships before redoubling the Cape en route to Europe.


Harvey Baltimore Clipper

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The Harvey Baltimore was used for a number of purposes; most of them involved taking advantage of its tremendous speed, such as during the California gold rush, when it ran blockades and transported valuable cargo from New York to San Francisco.



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