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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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Belaying around the base of the main mast.

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Belaying around the base of the fore mast.
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The fore top detail.
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The main top detail.
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The main yard. Note, on Royal Navy Brigs the main yard is rigged as a crossjack and so there are no sheets, cluelines, tacks etc. also, the braces lead forward NOT aft as can be seen in subsequent pictures.
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Spritsail yard, bowsprit and jiboom detail.
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Driver gaff rigging. Note that the driver gaff on brigs were rigged to hoist and as such vang pendants are NOT fitted, this point is noted by the likes of Lever, Roding etc.
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The driver boom guy pendants. Due to the cabin roof not being utilised as a deck, the guy pendants lead inboard rather than to the taffrail.
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Belaying to bulwark deck cleats, in this case the main (crossjack) yard braces.


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

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Or buy online at
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