HMS Bellona was one of the most famous ships
of the British Navy.
Her design was so successful that it gave rise to two slightly modified classes
that eventually included over two dozen additional
The 74-gun ship formed the backbone of
the principal naval powers of Europe from the Seven
Years War (1756 - 1763) to the end of the Napoleonic
Right after her launch on 19 February 1760, Bellona
sailed to join the battle fleet to blockade Brest.
HMS Bellona was detached to patrol off the Tagus River in
Spain. While sailing with the frigate Brilliant,
she sighted the French 74-gun ship Courageux in company
with two frigates. The British ships pursued, and after
14 hours, caught up with the French ships and engaged,
the Brilliant attacking the frigates, and Bellona taking
on the Courageux. The frigates eventually got away, but
the Courageux struck her colors, and was later repaired
and taken into the Royal Navy.
In 1780, the important Bellona was coppered,
becoming one of the very first British ships to receive the
In 1780, Bellona captured the 44-gun Dutch ship
In 1801, she served with legendary Nelson at the Battle of
Copenhagen, firing her cannons furiously despite having
grounded on a shoal.
HMS Bellona continued to serve in the North Sea and Bay of
Biscay until 1814, when she paid off for the last time
and was broken up.
She served in the navy for over
50 years--a very long time for a wooden ship.
Bellona is also in Jack Aubrey's novel: "After his return to England aboard
the Surprise, Jack Aubrey is appointed as commodore to
command a squadron off the coast of West Africa, with
secret orders to proceed to Ireland later to intercept a
planned French invasion. As his flagship he is given the
74-gun line-of-battle ship HMS Bellona, with Thomas
Pullings as his flag captain."
Like all our tall ship models, this Bellona model features:
42" long x 30" tall x 11.5 wide
S&H is $130.