• The neophyte shipmodeller jackstay This booklet is a guide to techniques of modelling from a wood kit. It is not a description of the construction of any certain model or type of vessel. .
  • Rigging period ship models    Whether a modelmaker need to rig a whole ship or just requires informatin on one aspect, it is all here

  • China Tea Clippers The history of the China tea clippers is examined in this book, especially their struggle in the 19th century for economic survival in the face of the steamships.



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Frigate "Venus".

"Venus" was a Swedish frigate, designed by Fredrik Henrik af Chapman. Venus was conquered by the Russians in 1789 in Oslofjord.

Frigate "Venus"

"Venus" was launched on 19 July 1783 in Karskrona. In 1786 she sailed to Gothenburg where she was to be subordinated the local naval station, which was commanded by Adolf Ulrik Sheldon. Three years later, on 1 June 1789, while she was under the command of Major Magnus Hansson, and belonged to the Gothenburg squadron, she was conquered by the Russians in a complicated action that created an interesting legal and diplomatic aftermath.



Frigate "Venus"

The ship was taken over by the Russian Navy and participated in the battle of Reval and in the battle of Vyborg Bay in 1790 under command of the British Admiral Roman Crown. Venus visited Holland in 1795 and Great Britain in 1795–1797 and 1799–1800.


Frigate "Venus"

"Venus" served in the Adriatic Sea between 1805 and 1807 and in the Aegean Sea in 1807. She was sold to the Kingdom of Naples in Palermo to avoid capture by the British.






  • The eighteenth century was an important period in the age of the wooden sailing ship. Shipwrights were expanding on design innovations from the seventeenth century and building vessels of increasingly larger size. 

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  • The fore-and-aft schooner had, as the name implies, only fore-and-aft sails on its two masts. While not invented in America, this rig type was popularized in the North American colonies during the eighteenth century


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