Our USS Constellation 56" model comes to you fully assembled and features an attached wooden stand with a nameplate. She is handcrafted from beautiful wood such as rosewood, mahogany, teak, or other exotic wood. The hull is constructed using a plank on frame method and each strip of exotic wood is carefully joined together to form a smooth hull. Constellation is completely hand built to spec by skillful and creative master craftsmen.
On the ship, you can see fine details such as wooden bowsprit, masts that are all connected to numerous fabric sails with detailed stitching; all rigging are fastened by hand in matching colors. You can spot a small wooden boats on deck, fences, beautifully crafted metal cannons on both side of the hull, and other crafted metal parts on the front and back of the ship.
You can see the impeccable detail work in the various deck components and throughout the ship. Chrome, brass fittings, and ornaments constitute the excellence of our model; a clear varnish coating completes the fine detail.
Constellation was built according to scale through original plans, pictures and drawings. We absolutely use no plastic parts only the highest quality wood and metal parts. This ship went through a rigorous quality control process before leaving the workshop; she is carefully secured and packed inside a wooden crate for safe shipping.
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Constellation was built at Harris Creek Shipyard in Baltimore's Fells Point and launched on 7 September 1797, just as the United States entered the Quasi-War with France. On 9 February 1799, under the command of Captain Thomas Truxtun, Constellation fought and captured the frigate L'Insurgente of 36 guns, the fastest ship in the French Navy, the first major victory by an American-designed and -built warship.
Other victories followed; in February 1800 Constellation fought a night encounter with the frigate La Vengeance of 54 guns. Constellation was victorious after a five-hour battle. The French commander just managed to save his ship from capture and upon returning to port was so humiliated he later boasted that the American ship he had fought was a much larger and more powerful ship of the line. Since the encounter, the Constellations' incredible speed and power inspired the French to nickname her the "Yankee Racehorse."
Constellation served in the Barbary Wars against Tripoli and in the War of 1812 against Great Britain. In 1840, Constellation completed a voyage around the world, which included becoming the first U.S. warship to enter the inland waters of China. In 1853 Constellation was struck and broken up at the Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia.