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  1. Some semi-random screenshots: And a sort of preview - although I am not sure when I am going to finish her: HMS Spartan (1841) Basically she's an oversized corvette - only slightly smaller than the Belle Poule (but wider), and armed with medium 32-pounders.
  2. The Forte is ready: And, looking at her in 3d I am almost convinced the Prince Regent was if not a direct copy, but at least very closely based on her (well, anyway, much closer than any other project of similar size):
  3. Did some digging on the Forte. Found several images of her: https://www.watercolourworld.org/painting/hms-forte-and-ganges-rio-de-janeiro-april-1827-tww012957 https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/hms-forte-passing-the-eddystone-lighthouse-175535 And possibly these two as well (one is named Ganges, but Ganges is the battleship she was accompanying, so it is possible the Forte): https://www.watercolourworld.org/painting/hms-ganges-tww012953 https://www.watercolourworld.org/painting/fighting-vessel-sea-approaching-tww00f9bd Additionally, the site gives some information about the painting of the Prince Regent at Oswego: https://www.watercolourworld.org/painting/troops-disembarking-attack-fort-oswego-under-command-genl-drummond-and-sir-t-yeo-lake-ontario-may-tww01617d Making this version the original and, if we believe the second image in the series: https://www.watercolourworld.org/painting/capture-fort-oswego-lake-ontario-north-america-genl-drummond-and-sir-j-yeo-may-6th-1814-drawn-spot-tww01617e Painted in place by an eye witness. And that, in turn, invites a curious comparison.
  4. Curiouser and curiouser. All the sources I saw list the drought of the Prince Regent as 16-17 feet, which is identical to the Endymion, and yet the hull I made was significantly shallower. So I went and increased the depth of the hull: And at this point the form of the midship section began to remind me something I definitely saw before. And it is possible I was quite wrong about the design having no French influence, because it reminds the characteristic Forfait form of the Le President frigate. But if what I got from my rough reconstruction was closer to Seringapatam, the reconstructed lines from the wreck of Princess Charlotte (which are the only authentic source for those ships at the moment, I suspect) reminded another frigate, the Forte, derived from the Revolutionnaire, as designed in 1801 but not built until 1811: Moreover, the Forte is almost similar in size to the Prince Regent (157' 2" on gundeck against 155' 10", 132' 1 ½" keel against 131' 1", and this gets solved if we consider the straight vertical stern post as on Strickland's plan (and, in turn, it's confirmed by imagery of the wreck in the thesis above, see figure 5 on page 48) although slightly narrower (40' 6 ½" against 42' 6"). The main discrepancy here is the depth in hold (12' 5" on Forte, 9' 2" on Prince Regent), but due to the proportional difference in burthen (1,155 Forte, 1,293 Prince Regent, 1,277 Endymion) I would attribute it to either measurement error or different method of construction. So I am very inclined to consider remaking the model completely, using slightly widened lines of the Forte and, possibly, the more flattened sheer of the Seringapatam. It is, of course, a wild speculation, as before, but there is something plausible in this concept.
  5. As the Prince Regent gave me an irresistible Victorian streak, I present the HMS Pique (1834): A very original and some would say controversial ship, but I tend to find a peculiar beauty in all the works of Sir William Symonds. Sleek, powerful, and as if painted in broad strokes, this ship is strikingly different from earlier frigates of similar size, futuristic and alien. Note the elliptic stern that disguises itself as conventional, yet is anything but.
  6. Made some very, very small corrections around the head, but mainly it's just two more screenshots:
  7. Here is a kind of basic catalogue: F is earliest, ~mid 18-th century, A is closer to end of the Napoleonic Wars and beyond. Yellow can be replaced by red, white or the tan color they recently repainted the Victory with. Ships with red stripe sometimes had thin white delimiting stripes above or above and below:
  8. Some little cosmetic fixes, as expected - slightly longer cheek pieces, further straightening of gunport distances, etc. She's so Victorian. "...the Prince Regent promises to be as fine and formidable frigate as any sailing on the Atlantic..."
  9. Shifted the gunports a little more even - to prevent the overcrowding of the forward part and with better accordance to the side-view engraving.
  10. Another version of the stern texture, closer to the painting (but still 8-windows).
  11. Oh, found a watercolor version of one of the engravings. Original, perhaps? It is a little different (showing different stern layout, with 9 windows instead of eight) but the width of the after part of the ship and the whole substantiality of her construction is very apparent. Taken from here.
  12. Fixed the transom ports (size and positions) a little, so I am now more or less satisfied with the ship. There will be more cosmetic fixes, but I hope nothing substantial. A view with the much larger Egyptienne:
  13. Adjusted the stripe and made some other little corrections to the texture - and here she is under sail: The ship may still appear a little peculiar, since it's widest point is still well forward of the midships, although it's not as noticeable as before. It seems to be Goudie's trademark form, featuring in all the three designs (Pr. Charlotte, Prince Regent and St. Lawrence) - was he influenced by Stalkartt, I wonder?

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