HMS SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS
The 16th century
The SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS was ordered as a 90-guns first-rate ship of the line of the English Royal Navy, but at launch was armed with 102 bronze guns at the insistence of the king Charles I. She was later renamed Sovereign, and then Royal Sovereign.
The ship was launched on 13 October 1637 and served from 1638 until 1697, when a fire burned the ship to the waterline at Chatham.
She was not so much built because of tactical considerations, but as a deliberate attempt to bolster the reputation of the English crown. Her name was, in itself, a political statement as Charles tried to revive the perceived ancient right of the English kings to be recognised as the ‘lords of the seas’. In her honour, naval tradition has kept the name of this ship afloat, and several subsequent ships have been named HMS Royal Sovereign.
Highlights about this Sovereign of the Seas model ship:
- This model ship is entirely handmade by skilled and experienced craftsmen, using the plank on frame construction method
- No kits are use
- Anchors, guns, decorations, and other intricate details sculpted of metal
- Meticulously sewn sails, keep the sails from wrinkle
- Use high-quality wood such as rosewood, ebony, black wood, mahogany wood…., timbers are after process step of pre-construction.
- The Sovereign of the Seas model ship is built on scale by the original plan, then drawn up and painted by actual photographs to ensure the best accuracy.