This ship has a very unique look about her.
No doubt, this is not a usual suspect in the model ship world.
Ironclad Ships – Civil war era 1862 USS Monitor and the Confederate Armies USS Virginia are dueling it out right in the store!
Ericsson’s USS Monitor, a 1,000 ton 179 foot Ironclad, lived a short life, On December 31st 1862, off the Cape of Hatteras while under tow, she slipped beneath sea, amid high waves in a storm.
(Later partially salvaged in 1973)
The CSS Virginia, 4,000 ton 275 foot Ironclad, started life out as the USS Merrimack.
Originally scuttled by the Union army to prevent her falling into the arms of the Confederacy she was set ablaze but sank into shallow water of what is now Portsmouth, Virginia.
Salvaged, surveyed and upon realizing her lower hull and machinery were undamaged, she was chosen to be converted into an ironclad by Secretary of the Navy, Stephen Mallory.
Unable to proceed up the James River, a vain attempt to raise the the USS Virginia’s 22 foot draft was made by tossing coal, equipment and provisions overboard, the reluctant decision by her new Captain Josiah Tattnall was made to destroy her so as to prevent her original owners from laying claim to her once again.
Fantastic.....excellent communication! My ship was beautifully wrapped and arrived very quickly and safely to Australia. Item arrived exactly as in the picture..beautifully constructed :-)
Albuquerque, New Mexico,
Oh My Gosh!! What a gorgeous ship!!! Wonderful!! Thank you for everything!! AAAAAAAAAA++++++++++
Arrived safe and sound and was extremely well-packed. The ship itself is spectacular... obviously a labor of love. Meticulously detailed and well-made, it looks fantastic displayed in my home. Love the historical aspect. Perfect transaction in every way. I'm already eyeballing another one... if only I had more room! Thanks a ton!