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HMS Sovereign of the Seas 2012

Wood, textiles, metal | 89.0 x 91.0 x 17.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 211800

Britannia Room, Frogmore House

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  • A wooden and yellow metal model of the galleon HMS Sovereign of the Seas, a warship of the Royal Navy.

    The Sovereign of the Seas was comissioned by Charles I in 1634 and launched in 1637. With a keel length of 39.4m, a midship section of 14.8m, a mean draught of 7.1m, a length of 71.5m from bow to stern and a height of 23.4m from keel to the tip of the cresset, she was considered the largest ship in the world at the time. 

    The ship was popularly known as the 'Golden Devil' for her heavy armament and superb gold ornamentation. In her first naval engagment in 1652, the Sovereign sank a Dutch warship with a single broadside. 

    In 1695, the Admiralty considered having the Sovereign scrapped, but on 27 January that year, the ship was accidently destroyed in a fire at Chatham dock.
    Provenance

    Sent to Queen Elizabeth II by Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of the Republic of Mauritius on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, 2012.

  • Medium and techniques

    Wood, textiles, metal

    Measurements

    89.0 x 91.0 x 17.5 cm (whole object)