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The ship was originally commissioned as Unité by the French Navy in 1794 as a corvette. The Unité was taken over by the Royal Navy in 1796 and renamed “HMS Surprise”. It became known as the ship that hijacked the HMS Hermione and its mutinous crew from a Spanish port in 1799 and served as the model for the frigate of the same name in Patrick O’Brian’s novels. The HMS Surprise was decommissioned in February 1802.
The advertised model ships are complete and accurate replicas of the “HMS Surprise”
This model is 100 % hand made and crafted with great precision.
Exotic woods, such as teak, mahogany, rosewood or mango are being used, which result in precious, decorative and exclusive models as an end product. The hull is being sanded down carefully after completion, and if required, painted with clear coating material.
Ornaments and embellishments (for example canons, bull’s-eyes, anchor, dials or wheels et cetera) are made out of brass, chrome and other high-quality metals.
The sails are either out of cloth or silk, the mast is made out of wood and the hemp rope is made out of solid lisle. Some of these ropes have special knots, which allow the ropes to be retightened at any time.
Our models are strictly tested for quality, so that we can offer you a clean product. The satisfaction of our customers is our highest priority. All models are completely assembled upon shipping.
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