SOVEREIGN OF THE SEAS

 

WorldWide Decor presents Sovereign of the Seas. We have two size handmade model replicas, namely a 60cm long and an 80cm model.

Sovereign of the Seas was ordered in August 1634 on the personal initiative of Charles I of England, who desired a giantGreat Ship to be built. The decision provoked much opposition from the Brethren of Trinity House, who pointed out that “There is no port in the Kingdome that can harbour this ship.

Measurements of the 60cm Handmade Sovereign of the Seas Model Ship:

Size: 66L x 15W x 66H (cm)

$550.00

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Most impressive was her gilded and carved decoration costing over £6,600 – the equivalent cost of the entire hull for a two decked ship! Sovereign of the Seas was so large that two smaller ships were built from her waste timbers. The construction of Sovereign of the Seas was part of Charles I’s plan to overawe possible enemies, primarily the Dutch and Spanish, with England’s naval power.

Her first engagement was the Battle of Kentish Knock during the First Dutch War on 28 September 1652 when it is alleged that Sovereign of the Seas destroyed a Dutch ship with a single broadside. Renamed the Royal Sovereign when Charles II came to the throne in 1660 she fought in several battles during the Second and Third Dutch Wars between 1666-1673. The Nine Years War against France broke out in 1689 and Royal Sovereign was present at the Battles of Beachy Head in 1690 and Barfleur in 1692 when the Royal Navy fought alongside the Dutch. Her career came to an abrupt end when she accidentally caught fire at Chatham on 27 January 1696.