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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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View of the gunport pattern and first planking at the stern, notice that the gunport pattern follows the top edge of all bulkheads except the last due to the notch to allow the flush capping rails to be fitted at a later stage.
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View of the gunport pattern terminating flush with the stern extension. Note also that the first planking extends beyond the last bulkhead, this will be trimmed back later when fitting the stern counter.
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Bow view of the completed first planking, notice the plank tapering. (The walnut stem has been removed for clarity).
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Fitting of the stern counter, the first planking has now been trimmed back flush with this component at the last bulkhead. Note also that the stern counter extends just beyond the gunport pattern, it will be sanded back flush prior to second planking.
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The stern counter planked and the second planking running in flush.
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Notice the second planking runs past the sides of the stern counter and stern counter planking.
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Bow view of the completed second planking, notice the plank taper as with the first planking.
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Second planking continues right up to the top of the gunport pattern.


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

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Or buy online at
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