Model Ships - Early U.S. History

Brief description of the model kits:
  Golden Hind   Bon Homme Richard   Brig of War   Barbary Pirate  

  • Golden Hind

    On November 15, 1577, Sir Francis Drake sailed from Plymouth, England in the "Golden Hind", accompanied by four smaller vessels. At the same time the great maritime nations of Europe were squabbling for a share of the treasures to be found in the New World. The voyage lasted almost three years and his small ship completely encircled the globe before returning to England loaded with ingots and jewels plundered from the rich Spanish settlements along the west Coast of South America.

  • Bon Homme Richard

    Captain John Paul Jones, commanding the "Bon Homme Richard", fought the British ship "Serapis" on September 23, 1779. When asked if he was about to surrender, he called back: "I have not yet begun to fight!" He swept the enemy's deck with canon fire and boarded her after three hours of brutal fighting. Jones was the only American naval captain during the Revolutionary War that never lost a battle or ship, never faced a court of inquiry, never frelanced for prize money, and never received a penny of pay for his seven years spent in the Navy.

  • Brig of War

    The Brig of War was one of the first ships designed and built byYankee craftsmen to outsail and outmaneuver the Old World sailing ships. They were commissioned as privateers to ravage enemy shipping along the Atlantic seaboard during the Revolutionary War. The British were so impressed with their speed and ease of handling that they copied a captured brig and built some for their own navy. However, they never seemed to realize that part of the secret was the daring adventurous spirit of the free American sailor.

  • Barbary Pirate

    One of the most romantic type of sailing ships is the Barbary Coast Feducca. Though classed as Pirate Ships, they always considered themselves properly commissioned men-of-war. They were manned by free men who were rovers and fighters. These ships were the scourge of the Mediterranean for nearly 400 years.