Sovereign of The Sea – Model Tall Ship
Dimensions: 95 L x 30 W x 83 H cm
Sovereign of the Seas – The ship was designed in 1634 by Phineas Pett and was the first ship to have three full gun decks, carrying 102 guns on the orders of King Charles I instead of the 90 originally planned. No expense was spared in her construction. All her guns were made from bronze instead of cast iron which meant their construction was four times more expensive.
The construction of Sovereign of the Seas was part of Charles I’s plan to overawe possible enemies, primarily the Dutch and Spanish, with England’s naval power. Her first engagement was the Battle of Kentish Knock during the First Dutch War on 28 September 1652. Her career came to an abrupt end when she accidentally caught fire at Chatham on 27 January 1696.