Royal Caroline is an exceptionally detailed model built
from a kit by Mike Horstman. The ship model has a detailed figure-head and
elaborate ornamentation that shows the craftsmanship of the builder.
The Royal Caroline was one of the most splendid and sumptuously
decorated royal yachts of all time. The gilded figure head is an idealized
queen holding a royal orb and scepter. Royal Caroline carries a captain’s gig
that has elaborate decoration. The Royal Caroline was built at Deptford Shipyard
in 1749 as a yacht for English royal family, George II and his wife Caroline.
The yacht was used for pleasure cruises and as a transport for members of the
court sailing between England and Holland. The design of the ship was based on
an earlier vessel built in 1700 as a Peregrine galley. She was designed by Lord
Danby, an admiral who had designed several vessels for Peter the Great of
Russia. She was one of the fastest sailing vessels in the royal navy at that
time and was used by the royal family until 1805. The ship was a prototype for
a long line of 20 gun and 32 gunships.
31" L x 26"
H x 5" W