Rogers Ship Model Collection
Model No. 8. SUSSEX, English Third Rate ship, 80 guns (1693). Scale: 1/4in = 1ft-0in (1:48). The ill-fated SUSSEX was one of thirteen 80-gun two-deckers built in the wake of the disastrous English defeat at the Battle of Beachy Head in 1690. Less than a year after her launching, she was lost in a gale off the coast of Gibraltar, taking all but two of her crew of 550 men and boys to their deaths. The model, on the other hand, is still in pristine condition three centuries after its completion.