Ship Model, Ship London

Ship Model, Ship London

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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
Other Terms
ship; Maritime
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
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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