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HMS ESSEX

Our model is hand-crafted from hard wood with planks on frame construction and then painted. Model is fully assembled and ready for display.

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TS0043P 55L x 13W x 64H (cm) 21.65L x  5.12W x  25.20H (inch) 0.201 m = 7.09824 ft

Model USS Essex Ready for display

USS Essex Deck view

USS Essex  Hull View

USS Essex  Bow View

USS Essex Rescue Boat

USS Essex Stern View

SUGGEST A DISPLAY CASE TO PRESERVE THE MODEL FROM DUST

 

HISTORY

Five ships of the British Royal Navy have been named HMS Essex, after the county of Essex.

The first Essex was a 60-gun ship launched in 1653 and captured in the Four Days' Battle of 1666.
The second Essex was a 70-gun third-rate launched in 1679, rebuilt 1700 and 1740, and wrecked at the battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759, an 80-year-old ship by then.
The third Essex was a 64-gun third-rate launched 1760 and sold in 1799.
The fourth Essex was the American sailing frigate USS Essex captured in 1814, used as a prison ship in 1823, and sold 1837.
The fifth Essex was an armoured cruiser launched in 1901 and sold 1921.

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The first USS Essex of the United States Navy was a sailing frigate that participated in the Quasi-War with France, the Barbary Wars, and in the War of 1812, during which she was captured by the British (1814).

The frigate was launched 30 September 1799 by Enos Briggs, Salem, Massachusetts, at cost of $139,362 subscribed by the people of Salem and Essex County. On 17 December 1799 she was presented to the United States and accepted by Captain Edward Preble.

With the United States involved in naval action against France on 6 January 1800, Essex, under Captain Preble, departed New York in company with Congress to rendezvous with and convoy merchant ships returning from Batavia, Dutch East Indies. Shortly after commencement of her journey, Essex became the first U. S. Naval Ship to cross the Equator. Congress was dismasted only a few days out, and Essex was obliged to continue her voyage alone, making her mark as the first U.S. man-of-war to double the Cape of Good Hope, both in March and in August 1800 prior to successfully completing her convoy mission in November.

Captain William Bainbridge commanded Essex on her second cruise, whereon she sailed to the Mediterranean with the squadron of Commodore Richard Dale. Dispatched to protect American trade and seamen against depredations by the Barbary Pirates, the squadron arrived at Gibraltar on 1 July 1801 and spent the ensuing year convoying American merchantmen and blockading Tripolitan ships in their ports. Following repairs at the Washington Navy Yard in 1802, Essex resumed her duties in the Mediterranean under Captain James Barron in August 1804. She participated in the successful attack on the town of Derne on 27 April 1805 and remained in those waters until the conclusion of peace terms in 1806.

Returning to the Washington Navy Yard in July, she was placed in ordinary until February 1809 when she was recommissioned for sporadic use in patrolling American waters and a single cruise to Europe.
 

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Model is fully assembled in wooden crate and put in the carton.

Model is ready for display.

 

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