Ship Model, Chaleur

In the mid-18th century, little sloops, brigs, and schooners were the small craft of choice for use in local coastal trade along the shores of North America. In the early 1760s, the British Royal Navy produced a list of six vessels it intended to purchase in the New England area for use in the North American Squadron. The Chaleur was one of these vessels, possibly purchased in Boston in May 1764. Its original name and home port are unknown.
Originally, the Chaleur is believed to have been rigged as an armed sloop. In 1768, records indicate that it was re-rigged as a two-masted schooner, as shown by the model. The Chaleur was sent back to England, where the hull shape was documented at the Royal Navy’s Woolwich Dockyard, London. The schooner’s hull was found to be rotten, so the Navy recommended that it be sold. It dropped out of the record at that point, and at present nothing is known of its later history.
Object Name
model, rigged schooner
Date made
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
textile (overall material)
overall: 11 1/2 in x 16 in x 4 in; 29.21 cm x 40.64 cm x 10.16 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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