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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 promoted to commodore (a rank above captain and below rear admiral).  He moved from his favorite ship--the HMS Agamemnon to HMS Captain and led a squadron 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.  Realizing that the leading Spanish ships were escaping, Nelson steered HMS Captain out of the line of battle in order to attack.  Captain bravely engaged a much larger ship, the famous massive flagship four-deck Santísima Trinidad, 136 guns (nearly twice as many as Captain's). 

Later HMS Captain combated with San Nicolas, 80-gun.  When she was seriously damaged (mostly caused by the Santísima Trinidad) and hardly maneuverable, Nelson himself led a boarding party onto the San Nicolas.  Soon after, he was about 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 ships.   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.

hms captain


This HMS Captain model features:

  • Superior hollow hull 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      

Add light feature:  $200     

Shipping and handling cost: for shipment in the USA: $220, Canada and Hawaii $390, Europe, Middle East and Africa $450, Australia and East Asia $590.  Will be added automatically during the checkout process.  Model will arrive in about seven days.  Express 2-day service in the USA is also available during the checkout process.