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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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Views of the bulwark capping rails, sheer strake and wale. The sheer strake runs between the channels and both the channels and sheer strake are fitted with their upper face flush to the lower face of the gunports.
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Bow view showing the bulwark capping rails, sheer strake, wale, timberheads and knightheads. Notice also the notch on the inner surface of the capping rails to accommodate the catheads.
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Bow inboard view showing one cathead fitted, complete with brass etched 'iron' securing strap.
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The fore topsail bitts complete with brass etched 'iron' support brackets and authentic belaying pins.
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The all new authentic turned brass ship's wheel. It should be noted that the overall size of this wheel, from spoke tip to spoke tip is just 17mm (approx. 0.66 inches), significantly smaller than both a 1 pence and 1 cent coin!

The assembly is made up of 8 turned brass spokes which are inserted through the pre-drilled brass outer wheel rim and into the pre-drilled brass wheel hub. Finally the brass etched relief and rivet detail is added.
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The wheel assembly, painted wood (walnut) brown, fitted to the model complete with profiled standard and brass etched standard 'iron' supports.
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Model designed entirely in-house by Rich, Dave and John.

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Or buy online at
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