HMS Surprise Cross Section (Superior Range)

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Handcrafted, scratch built and ready made HMS Surprise Cross Section

The Surprise, was made famous by the writings of Patrick OBrian, in his books on the adventures of Captain Aubrey and the surgeon Maturin, described by the world famous writer as his favourite ship. A short history of the original Surprise is listed below.

The fabulous frigate was constructed in Le Havre as LUnite in 1794. It was a 24-gun corvette, armed with 8lb long guns. The British captured her in April 1796 in the Mediterranean, and her name changed to the HMS Surprise. She was re-armed and classed as a 28-gun ship. She actually carried 24 32 lb carronades on her main deck, 8 32 lb carronades on her quarter deck, and 4 6 lb long guns on her foredeck. 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 out run 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 latters crew had mutinied, killing their commander and officers. The ship was surrendered to the Spanish, and was taken to the harbour at Puerto Cabello in modern day Venezuela.

In trying to rescue the ship, the boats of the HMS Surprise was spotted and fired on by patrolling gunboats. They soldiered on, 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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By Debra J Moerbe (USA Mar 09). on
Title: HMS Surprise Cross Section
Text: Received ship yesterday in fine shape and we are pleased. Thanks for such an heirloom.
By John Baggot (USA November 2006). on
Title: HMS Surprise Cross Section
Text: Hi Rehaz I'm now in Sudbury MA.and have unpacked HMS Victory and the cross- section of Surprise. I'm delighted with both.
By Mr Lee Roehrdans (USA July 06). on
Title: HMS Surprise Cross Section
Text: Rashid
The HMS Surprise model and cross-section model arrived last night and are absolutely beautiful! Perfect timing too with the holidays just around the corner. All the changes I requested are there and just as I pictured them. Having both the ship model and the cross section model was definitely a good choice and the cross-section looks fantastic. I have already spent several hours gazing at both models!
Thank you for all the work and making all the requested changes. This has been a very pleasant experience and I look forward to working with you again. Please convey my gratitude to all those involved with my models - I truly appreciate all the work and effort. I am currently finishing the Alexander Kent series and about to re-read the Patrick O'Brian series. I am sure I'll be spending a lot of time looking at the Surprise while reading about her!
Happy Holidays!

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