Built in 1711 at the Deptford dockyards on the Thames River, the Sharke was designed for stealth and speed. The British government had an on going problem with patroling the choppy waters of the English Channel. Merchant ships carrying cargo, foreign nationals and even spies would use the cover of darkness to elude the authorites in entering the country. With its tremendous area of sail the Sharke would appear out of the pea soup thick fog and give chase. Like a terrier she would bear down on her prey. Because of her shallow draught and minimal tonnage she could follow the smuggler anywhere even up shallow rivers and over dangerous shoals. With her ten pounder cannons she could easily hole any smuggler who foolishly thought he could evade the Sharke.
Ser #104-781-9 Plank on frame construction The picture above, without
its canvas (sails) does not do this English schooner justice. Double planked
hull utilizing flexible lime for the intitial hull, walnut for the final hull and maple
for the deck. All the wooden parts are laser cut so you spend more time building and less time fabricating sub-assemblies. The stern gallery is acid etched brass. Cannons and
flaconets are lathe turned solid brass. Except for the bronzed cast figure head all
the components are either made of brass or machined in walnut such as the dead eyes,
blocks and belaying pins. Egyptian cotton and full size sail plans are included. The plans are very
detailed including 1:1 scale drawings along with several very detailed views for perspective. The written instructions are clearly explained in English, French Italian and German.
Dimensions: Length: 35-1/4"(900mm) Scale: 1/50 1/4"= 1ft.
Price US$225.00 on Special: US$199.95
This page was last updated July 25th 2018.