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This webpage is an index to a group of illustrations in
Life in a Man-of‑War

by
a Fore‑top-man


published by
Houghton Mifflin Company
Boston and New York
1927

The text is in the public domain.

This page has been carefully proofread
and I believe it to be free of errors.
If you find a mistake though,
please let me know!

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This site is not affiliated with the US Naval Academy.

U. S. S. Constitution:
Plans, models, and restoration

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Sheer and Half-Breadth Plans of the Constitution

From a reproduction of a drawing dated 1794 at the Bureau of Construction, published in The Sea: Its History and Romance

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Profile and Inboard Plan of the Constitution Made in the Boston Navy Yard, December, 1847

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Midship Section of the Constitution

Drawn by Lieut. John A. Lord, (C. C.) U. S. N., from Measurements taken at the Boston Navy Yard, 1925‑1926

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Billet-Head of the Constitution (?), 1812

This billet-head was attributed by Lossing to the British frigate Cyane, captured by "Old Ironsides"

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Billet-Head and Trail-Boards on the Constitution at Boston Navy Yard, 1900

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The Constitution Rebuilding at Old Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1874‑1876

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The Chambers Model of the Constitution, about 1812

From the scale model 41 inches long in the collection of the late William Bell Chambers, R. N., London, 1925

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Model Made at the Washington Navy Yard

This model was exhibited in Boston in connection with the campaign to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the vessel.

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The Model-Shaping Shop at the Washington Navy Yard, where the Official Model of the Constitution was Made

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The Spicer Model of the Constitution, Afloat

Photograph reproduced by courtesy of the maker and owner, Col. William F. Spicer, U. S. M. C.

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The Maryland Historical Society's Model

Photograph reproduced by courtesy of the Society. This model is believed by experts to have been made about 1808‑1812 as it shows the "monkey forecastle" forward and the poop platform aft, both of which were fitted about 1807 or 1808. The bow scroll is similar to the one carried in 1812.

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Details of the Salem Model

This model was presented to the Peabody Museum, Salem, Mass., by Commodore Isaac Hull in 1813. It was repaired by British prisoners of the War of 1812. It was used to determine details during the restoration of the Constitution in 1907‑1908.

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