United States Frigate CONFEDERACY
1778 - 1783
- Built and launched in Norwich, Connecticut in 1778, at the height of the American Revolutionary war against Great Britain.
- Carried 36 Guns - 28 twelve pound cannons and 8 six pound cannons.
- Known as a Galley-Frigate due to having ports for oars and rowing located below the gun deck.
- Severely damaged in a hurricane near Newfoundland on November 7, 1779
- After some successes in 1780 and 1781, she was captured by two British ships, the Orpheus and the Roebuck.
- When taken into the British navy as the Confederate, her lines were transcribed by the Admiralty which provides us with the excellent plans for this model.
- Due to green wood having been used in her construction, considerable rot was discovered in her timbers when she was surveyed by her captors.
- She subsequently never served the British cause, and was broken up in 1783
- The model is known as an Admiralty Model, which had no rigging, but shows the timbers and framing as well as other deck features and decorations.