Ship Model, Ship London

The three-masted square-rigged ship London was built at New York in 1770 or 1771 for English owners. With so much good, close-grain wood at hand in the colonies, colonial shipbuilding prospered, and American ships sold well overseas.
Measuring 92½ feet long by 26½ feet in beam, the vessel was known as a well-built, fast-sailing merchant vessel with good cargo capacity for its size. In 1776, it was purchased by the British Royal Navy as an armed ship, renamed the Grasshopper and used as a convoy escort protecting groups of British ships against their enemies.
Object Name
merchant ship, rigged model
model, rigged merchant ship
Date made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
textile (overall material)
overall: 38 in x 33 in x 12 in; 96.52 cm x 83.82 cm x 30.48 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Revolution and the New Nation
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Work and Industry: Maritime
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
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