Contemporary model in NMM of a 74-gun ship, believed to represent either HMS Hercules, or HMS Thunderer of circa 1760. I believe this is the same vessel as photographed by Larry Van Es, but as it has a name I have started a new album.
I believe the vessel might actually be HMS Hero, of 1759, the class vessel for Hercules/Thunderer, as the model has a female figurehead, and the mythical Hero was a woman. This is now being checked by the NMM... will change post accordingly once they tell me what they believe to be correct.
The first 7 or so pictures are of the model in its case on display at the NMM; the rest were taken with it out of the case, as it is now in storage at the NMM archive, and no longer on display.
The rigging on the model was added in the Museum's workshops in the last quarter of the twentieth century
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