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English Frigate HMS Surprise – Novels of Patrick O’Brien
HMS Surprise Model Ship
The HMS Surprise was a 38-gun Frigate, launched in 1794.
About the HMS Surprise Wooden Scale Model Ship
This model ship of the HMS Surprise was custom built from the following information:
The original construction drawings obtained from the National Maritime Museum – Greenwich.
The book ‘The Frigate Surprise’ by Brian Lavery and Geoff Hunt.
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 Surprise Wooden Scale 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
Our information was obtained from a number of sources, amongst others: “The History of the French Frigate” by Jean Boudriot. “Seamanship in the Age of Sail” by John H Harland. References to the ship the actual book “The HMS Surprise” (I read the book again). Various paintings of the ship by the world renowned painter of the front covers of the Patrick O’Brien series, Geoff Hunt. Comments on the building of a model of the HMS Surprise by John H Harland.
Patrick O’Brien was presumably thinking of the 6th Rate 24 gun SURPRISE, which started life as the French L’UNITE, captured in 1796 by HMS INCONSTANT. I have been told that the plans survive in the National Maritime Museum. She was 126 feet long on the gundeck, 31 ft 8 in. beam. 579 tons, and registered as a 28-gun ship although she actually carried twenty-four 32-pounder carronades on her main deck, and eight 32-pounder carronades on her quarterdeck and forecastle, with two or four long 6-pounders for chasers. The SURPRISE gained renown in 1799 when Captain Hamilton recaptured the Hermione from the Spaniards, who were in possession after a group of mutineers brought her into Puerto Cabello. In a daring cutting-out expedition, six boats from Surprise recaptured the Hermione in the night, and towed her out to sea.
Captured French Frigates was much sought after by the English seamen because of their speed and manoeuvrability. Because of the very streamlined design of the hull below the water line these French frigates could outrun most other ships in the lightest of winds.
The scale of the model is 1:60. Overall length is 1050mm and the Height 670mm. (This is usually the size of a good display model.) The hull of the model is built of Sapelie-Mahogany and painted black with ochre (yellow) line along the gunports. The model is copper sheathed below the water line. All the deck fittings and trimmings are made of American Walnut. The decks are made of Anagre. The masts and spars are also made of American Walnut. All guns, gunports, shipswheels and anchors are cast in brass and bronze.