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18 Brass 6pdr Guns; 10 Brass swivel guns; Walnut
CNC cut parts; Double plank on bulkhead hull; Black and natural hemp
for rigging; Full size plans and comprehensive instruction manual.
Kit shown as fitted out for Royal Navy service.
Mars was built in Holland in the late 1770's and commissioned as a Dutch
Privateer. She was built with unusually sleek lines and as such she
was one of the fastest vessels afloat at the time. She was, however,
taken by the 38 gun heavy frigate Artois on 3rd December 1781. Her captor
reported that the Mars '…to be quite new and the completest Privateer
he ever saw.' Mars was heavily armed for her size.
As originally built, she had 18 x 9 pounder cannon
and 12 swivel guns. This was changed in 1792 to 18 x 6 pounders and
10 swivel guns, which is also the kit configuration. After she was captured,
she was fitted out for Royal Navy Service, presumably for escort and
convoy duty. She must have been well liked as she served in the Royal
Navy for 18 years after her capture. She was lost on 5th December 1799,
when she foundered in a hurricane in the Indian Ocean.
The 18 gun brig sloop Mars' dimensions were as
100' 11" long across deck
73' 2 5/8" keel length
30' 4" wide
She was 396 tons and carried a compliment of 120 officers and men.
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