Fully Assembled and Marble Base Included!Handcrafted Models USS Constitution Model Ship - Limited Edition
- The highest quality USS Constitution available!
- 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
- Same museum quality as our 30" USS Constituion Limted, with additional details such as: higher quality wood, improved and additional rigging, tied down cannons, additional anchors and more
- Real Copper plated hull (not painted on), like the actual USS Constitution(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, handcrafted rosewood eagle on the stern, US shield on the bow and more
- Meticulously painted to the actual USS Constitution
- 23 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
- The 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.
- Ship comes fully assembled
- Marble Base requires some assembly
- Overall Dimensions: 38" Long x 10" Wide x 28" High (1:64 scale)
B0802CHistorical SignificanceThe 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. Her first mission, during the late 1790's, USS Constitution guarded American commerce in the Caribbean against French depredations. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sent her to the Mediterranean to protect American ships and seamen from attack by the Barbary pirates. With Captain Edward Preble in command, Constitution and other ships of the squadron bombarded Tripoli. Thanks to such determination, a treaty of peace was signed in June 1805 between the United States and Tripoli aboard Constitution. After returning to the United States, the USS Constitution was named flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron. In 1810, her new captain, Isaac Hull, took her to sea. Two years later she met and defeated HMS Guerriere, the first in a grand succession of victories in the War of 1812. It was during this ferocious battle that the seamen, astonished at how the British cannonballs were bouncing off the Constitution's hull, cried out - "Huzzah! Her sides are made of iron!" Hence, her nickname,"Old Ironsides." When her war service ended in 1815, the battle-scarred USS Constitution was laid up for almost six years for extensive repairs, after which she went on two cruises to the Mediterranean. In 1830 she was reported unseaworthy and condemned to be broken up. A poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., entitled "Old Ironsides," aroused such popular feeling that money was appropriated for rebuilding her in 1833. In 1844, under the command of Captain "Mad Jack" Percival, she began an epic around-the-world cruise and became the first American warship to circumnavigate the globe. USS Constitution was recommissioned in 1931 for a coast-to-coast tour of ninety American cities lasting until 1934 when she was returned to her place of honor in the Boston Harbor at Charlestown Navy Yard. She rests here today as an enduring symbol of the document for which she is named and of America's determination to defend the republic she so long protected.