As fitted, William was armed with 1x24pdr cannon, 2x12pdr carronades and a compliment of 25 men. The innovative design was quite special, as it featured an early form of turret mounting for the 24pdr cannon. The cannon and carriage were mounted onto a bed, which in turn sat on a bearing race made up of cannon balls. This allowed the whole assembly to rotate on the flat (camber less) forecastle. Although capable of sail, with a fore-and-aft style hoy rig, the William was more commonly rowed.
This is further illustrated not only by the evidence of rowlocks and oars but by the way the mast is mounted on a pivot, allowing it to be rotated down to deck, extending aft, guided by the fore and aft mast carlings. The mast would have been lowered in this manner in order to lower the centre of gravity and reduce resistance making the boat far more maneuverable by oar power. These men would usually be members of the'Sea Fencible', the maritime equivalent of the Militia and volunteers. Although unclear, William is believed to have been wrecked in Guernsey Roads on 4th November 1801. The HM Gunboat William kit includes d.Ouble plank on bulkhead construction in lime and walnut, all decking in high quality maple strip, 1x24pdr cast bronze cannon complete with integral trunnion bar, reinforcing rings, gun lock and Kings Monogram, walnut 24pdr cannon carriage and rotating platform, 2x12pdr carronades complete with integral trunnion bar, reinforcing rings, sights, touch hole, training handle and brech ring. In addition, it contains walnut carronade carriage and sliding bed, gunnery equipment including rammers, sponges, ladle and worm, cast bronze stave and chimney with hatch and hinge detailing, 3cast bronze buckets with individual'slat' detailing of the planks bound by two iron straps, highly detailed brass etched components, precision CNC cut and profiled walnut and ply components, all required blocks, black & natural hemp, high quality birch dowel for the masting, fully detailed actual scale plan sheets, and two comprehensive step by step colour instruction manuals to allow museum quality build.
This brand new kit comes with detailed English instructions, though the. Is best for intermediate to advanced builders!Our Ships and Kits Make Great Gifts and Projects! Add a map to your own listings. The item "Brand New, Gorgeous Wooden Model Ship Kit by Caldercraft HM Gunboat William" is in sale since Monday, November 14, 2016. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Models & Kits\Boats, Ships\Other Boat, Ship Models & Kits". The seller is "ageofsail" and is located in San Lorenzo, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.