Lady Nelson Ship Model Kit by Amati, English Cutter of the Royal Navy
Lady Nelson, English Cutter
Plank-on-Bulkhead Kit by Amati of Italy
Amati never ceases to amaze us! One of their latest ship model kits, Lady Nelson,
is flawlessly designed for easy assembly and brimming with high quality components.
Plywood keel and bulkheads provide a strong skeleton for the hull. Walnut companionway, crossbeam, timberhead, railings, rudder and other parts add the warm glow of beautiful wood. All wooden parts are laser-cut and fittings ready-to-use. Double-planking is done in limewood and walnut. Ten burnished metal cannon and 10 swivel guns provide firepower. Cast metal anchors, brass chainplates, four diameters of rigging complete the kit.
Amati provides five sheets of detailed plans and clear instructions that show you how to build a museum quality Lady Nelson ship model. Hardwood display base and brass pedestals support your masterpiece.
Entry Level • Amati Kit No. AM130001
Length 21-1/4" / Height 19-1/4" / Scale 1:64
A Brief History of the Lady Nelson
The Lady Nelson was a vessel used in the exploration of the coast of Australia in the early years of the 19th century.
The Lady Nelson was named in honour of the wife of Horatio Nelson, England's naval hero. She was built in Deptford, England in 1799 and purchased by the Royal Navy in 1800.
She was a Brig designed especially for inshore exploration, with a draught of only 6', and three sliding keels. This unusual feature was originally conceived by naval architect John Schank.
Her length was 52'6", her tonnage 60 tonnes, and she was originally armed with 2 brass carriage guns. Her crew consisted of fifteen men: the commander, two mates, and twelve seamen.
The Lady Nelson was fitted out with a further four guns and provisions for 9 months and sent to Australia under the command of Lieutenant James Grant.
Exploration of the Victorian coast
The Lady Nelson reached the western coast of Victoria, Australia in December 1800, and was subsequently the first vessel to pass through Bass Strait on her way to Sydney. Grant named Cape Schanck, Mount Gambier, Northumberland Cape, Cape Banks, Cape Bridgewater, Mount Schank, Lady Julia Percy Island, Portland Bay, Point Danger and Cape Otway along the southern coast. After arriving in Sydney, she soon turned around to further explore the south coast, now with John Murray aboard as first mate, and surveyed as far as Westernport Bay. However, her most famous southern voyage was in early 1802 when John Murray, having been given command of the Lady Nelson, discovered the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. On the same voyage he also surveyed King Island and the Kent Group.
The Lady Nelson is also associated with Matthew Flinders. In 1803 the Lady Nelson was intended to accompany Flinders' other survey ship, the Investigator, in surveying the coast north of Sydney. However, she accompanied the Investigator only as far as Cumberland Island when Flinders decided she was unseaworthy and sent her back.
The Loss of the Lady Nelson to Privateers
On September 22nd 1825, The Sydney Gazette reported: 'The Lady Nelson, brig, has been most unfortunately cut off at Timor by Malay privateers and all the crew sacrificed, except the Captain. The little 60 ton ship contributed more to the exploration and settlement than any other. She served in the colony for a quarter of a century'.
A Modern Replica
A modern replica of the Lady Nelson was built in c. 1988 and is based in Tasmania and operates as a sail training vessel.
For more info about the Lady Nelson, click on the links below:
• The Logbook of the Lady Nelson at Project Gutenberg
• Lady Nelson Tasmanian Sail Training Association
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