One of the smaller frigates of the American navy, Chesapeake saw action in 1813 with the Shannon 38. This was a short, hard fought fight with the Chesapeake hitting the Shannon over 300 times and receiving 500 hits herself before surrendering. Kit is cast in white metal with etched brass ratlines, assembly instructions and sail template. Etched brass sails are available as an optional extra, see MTC06.
Originally intended to be a large 44 gun ship, her design was modified by Josiah Fox to a 38 gun frigate. In 1813, under the command of James Lawrence, she went into action with the Shannon 38, probably the best trained frigate in the British navy. The fight only lasted for 12 minutes but was one of the most hard fought of the war. The Chesapeake hit the Shannon over 300 times and received over 500 hits before she surrendered.