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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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Removal of the bulkhead stubs:

1. Using a razor saw or similar carefully cut through the bulkhead stub as close to deck level as possible. Care should be taken not to cut through the pattern or hull planking, small scratches are not a problem however as they will be covered by the inner bulwark planking and/or inner bulwark pattern.

2. Using a pair of pliers, grip and gently twist the bulkhead stub back and forth until it comes away from the gunport pattern.

3. With the stub removed any remaining splinters of the stub can be cut away with a sharp scalpel or by sanding, any remaining height of the stub should also be sanded back until it follows the camber of the bulkhead deck support.
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The 0.8mm birch ply deck fitted and deck planking started. The deck planking begins at the deck centreline and works outboard, terminating as flush as possible with the bulwarks - any slight gaps will be covered by the inner bulwark planking.
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Inner bulwark planking fitted from flush to the deck to flush with the top of the gunport pattern.
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A deck grating with holes in the aft quarters to take the anchor hawse.
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Fitting of the stern fascia and stern fascia surround.


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

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Or buy online at
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