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The 'Tartar' (1734)
Scale: 1:84. A contemporary full hull model of the 'Tartar' (1734), a 20-gun sixth-rate sloop, built plank on frame in the hybrid style of both Navy Board and Georgian. The model is partially decked, equipped and fully rigged with sails furled and set. The sails and rigging are believed to be largely contemporary, and as such are said to be the earliest examples of sails in existence. An important feature of the sails is the presence of the jib on the bowsprit, which had replaced the spritsail topsail, and the driver, which was developing out of the lateen on the mizzenmast. This model also illustrates a rare and true example of plank on frame construction as a pair of hull planks have been omitted to show the internal hull framing.
The 'Tartar' was rebuilt from a 32-gun ship of the same name and measured 106 feet in length by 30 feet in the beam and had a tonnage of 430 burden. In 1740, it was operating off the coast of Florida and was in the East Indies between 1749-1751. The 'Tartar' was finally broken up in 1755.
- Image reference: D4084-003
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London