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All necessary cast decoration; Walnut CNC cut
parts; Double plank on bulkhead construction; Black & natural hemp
for rigging; Photo etch brass detail, including window frames.
Full size plans and comprehensive building
instructions aid to make a highly attractive model which wouldn't
look out of place in anyone's home.
H.M. Chatham Yacht was launched in Chatham dockyard in 1741, for use
as a pleasure craft for the more affluent members of Georgian society.
Yachts were of Dutch origin and came to Denmark and Sweden as pleasure
craft. They were introduced in Britain in 1660 when Charles II, on his
return to England was presented the Yacht Mary.
In the early days, the yacht was thought of as a pleasure and transport
craft only. However, they these vessels found their way back into the
merchant service as well as serving very successfully as fleet reconnaissance
vessels. Also, as these vessels were very fast sailor, yachts were commissioned
as dispatch vessels or packet yachts.
Chatham yacht was rebuilt in 1794, again at Chatham
dockyard and was not broken up until 1867, after a very long life.
This kit depicts H.M. Yacht Chatham as she was after this rebuild (1794).
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