Rogers Ship Model Collection
Model No. 55. MINERVA, British Fifth Rate Frigate, 38 guns (1780). A view of the model's stern. The decoration beneath the single tier of windows ("lights") was first painted on strips of paper, which were then glued to the model's exterior. Another of the chief features is the copper sheathing, which covers the lower hull. It is thought to be the earliest example of the use of copper plates to protect the hulls of wooden ships from worm damage and fouling from seaweed and barnacles. Here it consists of thin horizontal strips of copper affixed to the model by means of more than 40,000 tiny tacks!