Amerigo Vespucci ship model
The world's most beautiful warship
In the late 1920s, the Italian navy began construction
of Amerigo Vespucci for training their officer cadets at sea.
The name Amerigo Vespucci came from
the famous Italian sailor and cartographer who also lent
his name to the new world. The design chosen was that of a seventy-four-gun
frigate, though they carried double
topgallants, auxiliary power, and other modern devices.
Amerigo Vespucci is
vessel. The stern gallery can only be reached from the captain's
saloon. The decor and luxurious fittings in the
reception rooms almost make you forget that you are on a
sailing ship used for naval training. A life-size
figurehead of Amerigo Vespucci adorns the bow.
Harold Underhill records a letter from a
Norwegian submarine commander about an encounter with
the two ships in the 1930s:
I dived on a northerly course about mid waters of
the Skagerrak and went deep for about an hour in order
to keep the lunch on the tables. On breaking surface
again with the periscope, I took a quick look all
round and got a shock. I had gone down in the 20th
century and come up again in the 18th, for there, some
miles away, were two majestic men-of-war, under a
press of canvas and sailing proudly in line-astern.
This Amerigo Vespucci
model ship features:
parts are wooden or metal
Realistic old-looking thin sails
110v power supply. Power
cord can be unplugged from base.
39" long x 30" tall $2,500
S&H is $150 SOLD
x 39 tall x 19" wide
S&H is $220 SOLD