HMS Agamemnon Model Ship Description
This HMS Agamemnon Model Ship is painted in the original colours of the original ship. The HMS Agamemnon Model Ship is scratch built from information obtained from:
- Copies of the original ships plans of the HMS Agamemnon obtained from The National Maritime Museum Greenwich.
- The book ‘Anatomy of Nelson’s Ships’ by C. Nepean Longridge.
- The book ‘The Arming and fitting of English Ships of War’ by Brian Lavery.
- The book ‘Seamanship in the Age of Sail’ by John Harland
About the construction of the HMS Agamemnon Model Ship
- The hull is built using the Double Plank-on-Bulkhead construction method
- The bulkheads and keel are cut from marine grade pine plywood
- The first layer of planking is done plank by plank using Mahogany planks
- The second layer of planking is done using Mahogany Veneer strips
- The deck is made of Anagre , a light brown timber from the Amazon
- The hull is sheathed with real copper plates below the waterline
- The gunwale and stringers are made of American Walnut
- The fife rails and pin racks are made of American Walnut
- The deckhouses and gangways are made of Teak
- The masts and yards are made of Mahogany dowels
- The sails and ropes are made of linen
- The model is painted with acrylic paint
- The ornaments are cold cast in bronze and painted
History of the HMS Agamemnon
The HMS Agamemnon was a third rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy with an armament of 64. The Agamemnon was build by Henry Adams in Buckler’s Hard, England and launched in 1781. She had a complement of 520.
The HMS Agamemnon first saw action in the West Indies under Admiral Richard Kempenfelt’s squadron when it captured fifteen ships from a French convoy. In 1782, in the Battle of the Saintes, the British defeated the French Fleet.
In 1793 the HMS Agamemnon came under command of Captain Horatio Nelson. Nelson sailed with Lord Howe’s Fleet in the blockade of Toulon and in the capture of the Corsican ports of Bastia and Calvi. Here, unfortunately, Nelson lost his right eye. Nelson was very fond of the Agamemnon and described her as “without exception the finest 64 in the service”. He was the Captain of the HMS Agamemnon for 3 years and 3 months.
The HMS Agamemnon remained in the Mediterranean until 1796 during which time Nelson established himself as a daring commander.
In 1801 the HMS Agamemnon was present at the Battle of Copenhagen. During the Battle of Trafalgar, the HMS Agamemnon sailed in Nelson’s weather column but escaped with relatively few casualties.
Over the next few years the HMS Agamemnon sailed in the West Indies and in 1809, while putting into the River Plate in a storm, she grounded on a reef and was lost, luckily without any loss of life.
In 1993, the HMS Agamemnon’s wreck was located in Maldonado Bay and expeditions have recorded and documented a number of her artifacts, including a seal bearing the name “Nelson”
Izak J H Hough
Member of The Nautical Research Guild