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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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The transom cabin roof support fitted to the inner face of the stern fascia.
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The cabin roof planked, notice that it terminates flush with the stern fascia (prior to fitting the fascia capping) and also flush to the bulwark capping rails.

Together with the original Admiralty drawings, the fact that the roof planking terminates flush in this way demonstrates that this was only the cabin roof, it was not utilised as another deck.
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The main companionway.
It should be noted that, although the Chapelle drawings for Badger show a step in the main deck directly forward of the main companionway, the Admiralty drawings do not show this feature.
There are two possible reasons for this:
1. When actually built this step was not included by the dockyard.
2. When re-fitted for Royal Navy use the step was removed.
Although both reasons are possible, the former would appear to be the most likely.

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The main hatch which can be shown covered or uncovered. Note that the eyebolts have not yet been painted matt (metal) black.
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The capping rail 'step' complete with timber profile detail on both the inner and outer surfaces.
Note: The whole ship's side is painted red ochre above the sheer strake as per the ship's log of 11 March 1777: '...Employ'd Scraping the Ships Side with Red Oaker [sic] and Turpentine...'
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Model designed entirely in-house by Rich, Dave and John.

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