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HM Brig Badger
Nelson's First Official* Command

Nelsons Navy

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HM Brig Badger
Horatio Nelsons First Official Command


* Although Nelson had captained both an unnamed sloop in November 1777 and the Schooner Little Lucy until early 1778, these were not official commands.
As custom dictates, Nelson was referred to as Captain while in charge of these ships but he was not in 'command'. This is due to the fact that Nelson, although he had passed his Lieutenant’s exam in April 1777, was still a non-commissioned officer (second-lieutenant) and was deemed only to have control or charge of the ship but not command per se.
According to the most technical definition of the word, the only persons able to exercise command in a military are commissioned officers. This is because commissioned officers derive authority directly from a sovereign power and, as such, hold a commission charging them with the duties and responsibilities of their specific office or position.
While in control of both the unnamed sloop and the Schooner Little Lucy, command remained with Captain William Locker of the 32-Gun Frigate Lowestoffe - the ship which Nelson was tending.
Nelson was promoted to the commissioned officer status of Lieutenant on 31st December 1778, when he was commissioned to Badger, thus Badger became his first command.

Model designed entirely in-house by Rich, Dave and John.

HM Brig Badger as fitted during Nelson's charge, December 8 1778 - June 19 1779.
Her armament includes 12 x 4pdr cannon and 2 x 0.5pdr swivel guns.

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Keel and bulkhead assembly.
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Notice the inscribed 'F' on bulkhead number 8 denotes the forward face of this bulkhead.
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The profiled slot in the lower aft face of bulkhead 9 denotes the 'true' lower.face of this bulkhead. The 'extra' material beneath (top picture) should be tapered form the forward face back to this slot (lower picture), this method provides ample surface area for the stern end of the hull planking to terminate against.
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View of the plank termination patterns, note that the profiled slot faces outboard to facilitate their removal above this point upon completion of the planking.
Please note the birch ply stem shown here is a test item only, the kit contains a solid walnut stem as shown in later pictures.
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Plan view of the gunport pattern former, with the gunport pattern fitted.
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Side view of the gunport pattern former with the gunport pattern fitted, note that although the gunport pattern follows the curve of the former it does not follow the upper edge. Instead, it follows the upper edges of the bulkhead stubs.
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Plan view after the gunport pattern former has been removed, note the beveled edges of the bulkheads and plank termination patterns.


Model designed entirely in-house by Rich, Dave and John.

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Or buy online at
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