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The first Yankee warship to capture a ship of the Royal Navy


When USS Essex engaged HMS Alert in the Atlantic on August 13, 1812, she won the distinction of being the first Yankee warship to capture a ship of the Royal Navy during the war. During her first eight weeks at sea before that battle, USS Essex had taken nine British commercial ships.

In a stunning feat of naval daring, Captain David Porter proceeded to carried off an extended cruise, far from American waters, repairing and provisioning both his own ship and those he had taken as prizes. During 17 months at sea he went on to sweep the vast reaches of the Pacific of British merchantmen, whalers, and warships, taking 16 vessels in all.

A British fleet was finally dispatched to pursue the Essex.  During a ferocious storm in the port of Valparaiso, Chile, USS Essex lost her topmast, putting her at a serious disadvantage in the gun battle.  Her crew fought valiantly.  Of 255 men, 58 were killed and 65 wounded. 

President Madison paid tribute to the USS Essex with his words "her loss is hidden in the blaze of heroism."


USS Essex model features:

- Billowing sails (exclusive)

- Hollow hull construction (very important)

- 95% of parts are wooden or metal

- Copper-plated bottom: individual copper pieces that were weathered unevenly to create a realistic look

- Blackened metal cannons and wooden carriages

- Authentic rigging system comprised of many different sizes of rope

- Full length masts and bowsprit per original blueprints

37" long x 29" tall x 11' wide    $3,300     sold out

To add light feature to the models:  $200  
(Cord can be unplugged from base for displaying without light)


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.


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And please click on the blue wordings to check out our beautiful USS Constitution model, USS United States model, USS Constellation model, and the rare TNS Austin model.



"I just want to tell the crew at MSM they're superb! USS Essex, the ship you rushed to my father's house before Christmas, blew him away. Your Essex actually stole the main spot on his mantel. (Formerly his Ethan Allen held that spot for 25 years!) I have never been been let down by MSM. You guys get it right everything (and I've bought or commissioned many ships) Thanks again and again, Alex"