HMS Revenge Sailing Ship Model


  • HMS Revenge .

  • Sailing ship, great detail.

  • Pre assembled.

  • 74cm long x 66cm high

1 in stock


HMS Revenge Wooden Model Ship

Revolutionary Design

Under the renowned reign of Elizabeth I, the HMS Revenge was commissioned and built as a warship in 1577. The HMS Revenge was to revolutionize warships of the era and inspire shipbuilders some 300 years after. It is commonly known as having a race-built design, which means that the number of decks on the ship was quite greatly reduced and the length was increased, especially in relation to the narrow beam. This gave the ship a sleek design and vastly improved her speed in open waters. The firepower was still maintained, meaning vessels of this type were highly effective in warfare. The HMS Revenge is so well known in fact, she has had an additional 13 ships in the Royal Navy named after her.

Capture by the Spanish

The HMS Revenge was on patrol in America, shortly after the Armada, protecting a supply of treasure from Spanish ships. Under the command of Alonso de Bazán, a fleet of 53 Spanish ships set sail in 1591 with the intent of breaking the line of English defence. When the Spanish eventually encountered the English, somewhere in the northern Azores, many of the crew were suffering from a fever and due to much needed repairs; almost all of the ships were ashore. The commander of the HMS Revenge, Grenville, decided to stay ashore, even with the Spanish fleet in clear sight, as he wished to wait for his sick crewmen.

In an attempt to escape, Grenville quite oddly decided to take the HMS Revenge head on in to the Spanish fleet. On 31 August, Spanish ships surrounded the HMS Revenge, who put up a fair fight but arithmetic has no mercy. Every time a Spanish ship was beaten back, another took her place almost immediately. Eventually, the grappling manoeuvre executed perfectly by the San Bernabé, forced the crew to abandon HMS Revenge. Unfortunately, the captured HMS Revenge never reached Spain and was lost at sea, but the story of Grenville and his lunacy has lived on throughout history.

Additional information

Weight 6 kg