Corel Eagle American Brig 1812 Wooden 1:85 Scale Model Ship Kit (SM61)
On 23 July 1812 to the north of Champlain Lake, in Vergennes on Otter Creek, where an iron works was formally situated for the production of nails, tips, and canons balls in addition to a saw-mill which was able to use the timber furnished by the abundant surrounds of white oak and pine forests, more than 200 shipwrights, under the direction of Adam and Noah Brown, laid down the keel of a new 20-gun 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 - soldiers, military band musicians and even prisoners consisted of 150 officers and sailors.
On 31 August the fleet 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 11 September 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 and the hull shouldered no less than 39 holes caused by enemy fire. However despite the deep wounds suffered, the ship came out victorious.
Please note: Hardwood Base & pedestals not included