The UFS Essex
was a thirty-two-gun frigate built in Salem, Massachusetts in 1799. She
was known around the world for her speed and graceful lines, achieving
many dramatic firsts for the young American Navy.
Essex was the
first US warship to round the Cape of Good Hope into the Indian Ocean.
Thirteen years later, she became the first American man-of-war to round
the Horn into the Pacific.
Pacific during the War of 1812, she captured 18 British whaling and
merchant ships, causing the British to lose almost a million dollars of
lost revenue and devastating their whaling industry.
The British sent
two ships, the Phoebe and Cherub to hunt down the Essex. They cornered
her off Valparaiso and engaged her in battle. Her 32 carronades were no
match for the enemy’s long guns. She was captured and taken into the
kit is relatively easy to build, thanks to CAD-assisted laser-cut
basswood parts, which come in a variety of thicknesses from 3/32” to
1/8”. Fine basswood is also used for hull and deck planking. An unusual
feature of this model is that the hull is planked inside and out.
A host of fittings
ensures that the model you’ll build is authentic to the last detail.
Masterfully cast Britannia metal guns are miniature versions of the
original armament. Brass nails, eyebolts, belaying pins and split rings
are correctly scaled, and a photo-etched sheet of detail parts adds the
finishing touches. Deadeyes, blocks and bullseyes are ready-to-use
hardwood. Six diameters of rigging line and ample sail material are also
included. Six sheets of plans, parts list with parts identifier and
clearly written instruction manual guarantee a great modeling