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HMS CAPTAIN (1787)

HMS Captain was a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched in 1787.

In June 1796, Captain Horatio Nelson was transferred from HMS Agamemnon into Captain.  Nelson was appointed as commodore of a squadron which was first deployed off Livorno during Napoleon's march through northern Italy.

In February 1797, Nelson joined Admiral Jervis's fleet at the southwest tip of Portugal, just before the fleet intercepted a Spanish fleet. 

Nelson realized that the leading Spanish ships were escaping and steered HMS Captain out of the line of battle in order to attack the Spanish.  Captain exchanged fire with the much larger ship flagship--Santísima Trinidad, which mounted 136 guns on four decks.  Later she closely combated with the 80-gun San Nicolas.  When HMS Captain was badly damaged and hardly maneuverable, Nelson himself led a boarding party onto the San Nicolas.  Soon after, he was preparing to board the San Josef but the San Josef lowered its flags.  The taking of the two larger ships was later immortalized as 'Nelson's Patent Bridge for capturing First-rates.'

HMS Captain was the most severely damaged of the British ships as she was in the thick of the action for longer than any other ship.   The Battle of Cape St. Vincent made Nelson's name.  He was knighted for his initiative and daring.  In the same year Nelson was promoted to Rear Admiral of the Blue, the ninth highest rank in the Royal Navy.
 

hms captain

 
 

This HMS Captain model features:

  • Plank-on-frame construction (very important)

  • All parts are wooden or metal

  • Fine deck details

  • Realistic thin sails

  • Authentic rigging system comprised of many different sizes of rope

  • Full length masts and bowsprit per original blueprint

  • Metal barrels on wooden carriages that sit on real decks (not plugged-in fake guns)

  • Copper-plated bottom: Hundreds of individual copper pieces

43" long x 34" tall X 12" wide   $2,900    S&H is $150  

Add light feature:  $200