Probably the best known schooner of Napoleonic times as she was selected by Admiral Collingwood, Commander in chief of the British fleet at Trafalgar following the death of Admiral Nelson, to take despatches to the Admiralty in London informing of the huge victory at Trafalgar and also giving news of the death of Nelson from wounds received during the battle.
Pickle’s captain was John Lapenotiere, for his mission he was promoted to Commander and soon after made post of captain. He was also given a reward of £500 (5 times his current salary at the time). This was just reward as he made good time despite violent storms which nearly sank Pickle when her pumps blocked and the crew were forced to bail the ship using hand buckets.
HMS Pickle was built in Bermuda, purchased by the British navy and was eventually lost by being wrecked off the Spanish coast in 1808. She captured a French privateer (Favorite) in 1807.
HMS Orion, a 74 gun Canada class designed by Sir William Batley. Kit is cast in white metal with etched brass ratlines. Comes with assembly instructions and sail template. Brass etched sails are available as an optional extra, see MTC11.
Cast in white metal with ratlines etched in brass, this powerful ship of the Spanish fleet was their flagship at Trafalgar. Kit has assembly instructions and sail template. Etched brass sails are available as an optional extra, see MTC05.