Fully Assembled and MARBLE BASE Included!

  • Comes with numbered Certificate of Authenticity (only 50 models to be built)
  • Museum quality with many features not available in a model for under $5,000 or in any model kit
  • Real Copper plated hull (not painted on), like the actual HMS Surprise (done to prevent the toredo worm from destroying the wood hull)
  • Amazing details: planked deck with nail holes, tied-down cannons, barells, buckets, cannon ball racks, rudder chains, and more
  • Meticulously painted to the actual HMS Surprise
  • Masterfully stitched, thick canvass sails that hold their shape and do not wrinkle
  • Metal anchors and turned brass cannons
  • Advanced rigging techniques with over 200 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, walnut, oak, birch and maple
  • Model rests perfectly on a large marble base 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: 38" x 12" x 28" (L x W x H)Model Number

    Historical Significance

    The HMS Surprise was made famous by Patrick O’Brian, in his books on the adventures of Captain Aubrey and the surgeon Maturin, and in the movie Master and Commander.

    This frigate was built as L’Unite in 1794. It was a 24-gun corvette, armed with 8lb long guns. The British captured her in April 1796 in the Mediterranean, and changed her name to HMS Surprise. She was re-armed and classed as a 28-gun ship (actually had 24 32lb carronades on her main deck, 8 32 lb carronades on her quarter deck, and 4 6 lb long guns on her foredeck).

    The French frigates were much sought after by the British, because of their manoeuvrability and speed. The streamlined design of the hull below the waterline meant that these frigates could outrun most other ships.

    Her big moment came in October 1799, under the command of Captain Edward Hamilton for the daring rescue of the frigate Hermoine. The latter’s crew had mutinied, killing their commander and officers. The ship surrendered to the Spanish, and was taken to the harbor at Puerto Cabello in modern day Venezuela.

    In trying to rescue the ship, the boats of the Surprise were spotted and fired on by patrolling gun boats. They sailed forward, boarded the Hermoine, cleared the deck and sailed her out. Their losses were 12 wounded, whilst the Spanish suffered a loss of 216 wounded (including many dead). Captain Hamilton who led the rescue was knighted for his conduct, and the Hermoine restored to the British Navy.
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