On 23 July 1812 to the north of Champlain Lake, in Vergennes on Otter Creek, an iron works was formally situated for the production of nails tips and canon balls. A saw-mill oversaw an abundant forest of white oak an pine trees. With this resources, more than 200 shipwrights, under the direction of Adam and Noah Brown, laid down the keel of a new 20-canon brig: the Eagle. The launch of this 117-foot long, 34-foot wide brig armed with twelve 32-pounder carronades and eight 18-pounder cannons, weighing a total of 508 tons, took place on 11 August 1814.
The reduced draught of the Eagle enabled it to sail effortlessly in the low waters of the lake and its crew, comprising solely men from the United States Army. 150 officers and sailors, soldiers, military band musicians, and even prisoners were aboard the vessel. On August 31st, the float of the Royal Navy, to which the Eagle belonged, sailed from the Canadian border towards Plattsburgh, New York, where the ships, after dropping anchor in the bay, got into formation so as to be able to face an attack from any direction.
The battle with the English took place on September 11th 1814 and ended after around 3 hours with the defeat of the latter, which had a decisive effect on the decision of the British government in signing a peace treaty with the United States on Christmas Eve of that year. After the battle, there were 13 sailors counted as dead and 20 injured on the Eagle. The hull shouldered no less than 39 holes caused by enemy fire.
The Eagle is a double plank-on-frame kit. Included are blocks, deadeyes, gratings, mast caps, deck pumps and other hardwood components. Metal components include nails, rudder hinges, chainplates, anchors and rudder hinges, plus 20 cannons and carronades, beautifully burnished. A 42 page instruction book in 4 languages and 9 sheets of plans make this model museum quality.
This brand new kit comes with detailed instructions. The "Eagle" is best for intermediate builders! Add a map to your own listings. The item "Detailed, Brand New Wooden Model Ship Kit by Corel the Eagle" is in sale since Friday, November 18, 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.