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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 ship's boats. In order to maintain the accuracy of this kit whilst also keeping the build within the scope of the beginner, the ship's boats hulls are a high quality resin that is both paint and glue friendly. Internal fixtures of thwarts, rudder, oars, grapnels, boat hooks etc. are a combination of timber and brass etched components.

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The brass name plate included with the kit. A paint of your choice can be used to further enhance the text detail, in this picture French Blue has been used.
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Bow shot of the model complete with anchors, catheads and boomkins. Notice also the scuppers just beneath the wale.
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Forward elevation of the completed model.
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Port side profile of the completed model.
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Starboard side profile of the completed model.
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After three quarters shot of the completed model.
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Forward three quarters shot of the completed model.


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

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Or buy online at
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