FULLY Assembled and Marble Base Included!

Handcrafted Models Niagra Limited Edition
  • Includes numbered Certificate of Authenticy (only 25 models to be built)
  • Improved rigging
  • Real Copper plated hull (not painted on), like the actual Niagara (done to prevent the shipworms from destroying the wood hull)
  • Amazing deck details: planked deck with nail holes, tied-down cannons, barells, buckets, mastcoats, cannon ball racks and more
  • Meticulously painted to the actual Niagara
  • Masterfully stitched, thick canvass sails that hold their shape and do not wrinkle
  • Metal anchors and turned brass cannons
  • Advanced rigging techniques with over 100 blocks/deadeyes
  • Perfectly taught rigging of various colors and thickness to ensure authenticity
  • Authentic lifeboats - not flat bottomed
  • Requires hundreds of hours to build from scratch (not from a model kit) by our master artisans
  • Built with rare, high quality woods such as cherry, teak, white pine, birch and maple
  • The model rests perfectly on a large marble between four arched metal dolphins
  • To build this ship, extensive research was done using various sources such as museums, drawings, copies of original plans and photos of the actual ship
  • Comes Fully Assembled
  • Dimensions: 36" x 11" x 26" (L x W x H) (1:58 scale)
Model Number
A2502-C

Historical Significance

Niagara was built at Presque Isle, Pennsylvania, by Adam and Noah Brown under the supervision of Sailing Master Daniel Dobbins and Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, and was launched early in the summer of 1813. Niagara and the other ships of Perry's squadron were held at Erie both by British blockade and lack of crews, until 1 August, when the British squadron retired. Taken over Erie's protective bar by ingenious use of camels, Niagara reached deep water 5 August, and four days later her commanding officer, Captain Jesse D. Elliott, arrived with some 100 officers and men to take command. The squadron sailed in search of the British 12 August, located it in the mouth of the Detroit River, and waited for its sortie. Battle was given 10 September, Perry in Lawrence leading the attack, and drawing concentrated fire from the British until Lawrence became an unmanageable wreck. He then transferred to Niagara which had not closed the enemy in the earlier stages of the action. Elliot had resented Perry being in a position of command, and speculation is he withheld Niagara from the action not so accidentally. When Perry arrived on Niagara, he gave a terrified Elliott a dressing down, and took command and resumed the attack. From her deck he regrouped his squadron and came down through the enemy line, Niagara pouring broadsides into the British ships until victory was secured, and with it control of Lake Erie, freeing the upper lakes from the threat of invasion. Niagara covered the landings at the mouth of the Detroit River which captured Malden 23 September, then covered the Army's advance up the Detroit to Lake St. Claire as they pursued the retreating British. After wintering at Erie, she returned to patrol and convoy operations which included the capture of British ships Mink, Nancy, Perseverance, and Batteau. She wintered at Erie once more in 1814, then served as receiving ship there until sunk in Misery Bay for preservation in 1820.

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