Schooner "Polotsk" 1:72MK0302P
Schooner "Polotsk" was built in Ragusa, Sicily in 1777. Unfortunately, history hasn’t preserved the first Greek name of the vessel. She started her naval career in the Aegean Sea as a privateer ship hunting for Turkish trading ships. However, very soon it became a prize of the Turkish Navy and sailed the Black Sea during the Second Russo-Turkish war (1787 - 1792) as a part of the Turkish fleet.
According to various reports, in 1788 the schooner was transferred to the Russian side either as a result of a purchase or a war indemnity requisition. The new addition to the Russian fleet was named "Polotsk" after an ancient Slavic city. In her new role of a repeater ship she was supposed to relay commands of a flagman ship to ships in a line of a battle formation during naval battles. She stayed on the flagman ship's beam clearly visible to all other ships in the line and repeated all signals in such a way that all ships in the line could see them. This manoeuvre greatly improved speed and clarity of the relayed signals which was extremely important in coordination of a fleet during a battle in the Age of Sail.
During her service the schooner took an active part in several notable Russian military campaigns in the Black Sea. In December of 1799 she went missing after having left the port of Nikolaev loaded with supplies.
High quality model of the 14-gun schooner "Polotsk", the repeater ship from the admiral Ushakov's squadron.
- Scale 1:72.
- Assembled dimensions are (LxWxH) 22.75" x 6.75" x 18" (580mm x 175mm x 456mm ).
- All wooden parts are laser cut to simplify assembly.
- Hull design compensates for material deformations.
- Double plank-on-bulkhead hull. Final hull planks are made of anigre veneer.
- Historically accurate cast cannons.
- Laser etched deck made of maple veneer.
- High quality pearwood blocks.
- Multitude of highly detailed photo etched brass parts.
- Sail plans and cloth for sewing the sails.
- Silk screen flags.
- Different diameters of black and tan threads for standing and running rigging.
- Ship stand with two nameplates, one in English and one in Russian.
- Ship's boat MK0102 is included.
- Four large sheets of ship plans (+translated plans in English).
- Assembly instructions in English.
- Made in Russia by Master Korabel .