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Catalog Number 2000.008.010
Description U.S.S. Hartford Model Ship by Charles Parsons is a handmade wooden ship to 1:96 scale. The lower half of the ship is copper colored tiles, while the upper half is painted white. The front of ship has black molding with gold scrolling. The ship has three decks with the center deck being the largest and lowest, and the decks on the ends at the same level as one another. There are three flag posts in the center deck, each with a white crows nest without railings. The poles have all the rigging and are attached by black hinges. The center pole has a small blue flag on top. Rear pole has a US flag suspended from one of its arms. Also on the center deck is a covered white/grey launch towards the front. There is also a large pipe with a black base and white top between the front flagpoles. There is also a series of vents running down the center of the ship. The center deck contains 10 cannons on each side. Towards the rear are doors to the compartment under the rear deck. 4 dinghies/launches hang over the ship's side, two on each side. The front deck contains 2 cannons and there are two anchors on the front. The rear deck contains one cannon at rear and a raised area with vents to the compartment below. There are 4 evenly spaced windows at rear, with "HARTFORD" written in black, with a black star on each side, placed between two center windows. Rear rudder also has a metal propeller. Ship is mounted on a dark wood base, on a painted black base, on a dark wood base.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title U.S.S. Hartford Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1979-1980
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Creator Underhill, Harold
Role Designer
Inscription Text "U.S.S. HARTFORD / 1864 / MODEL BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1980" (inscribed on brass plaque on base)
Provenance Model constructed by Charles Parsons at his home in San Carlos. According to the plaque he put on model base, the completion date was 1980; however, according to his construction log, the model was completed in 1979.
Notes USS Hartford
American Steam-Powered Clipper, 1858
Model by Charles Parsons, Model Plans by Harold Underhill
1:96 scale, Completed 1980

Built at the Boston Navy Yard in 1858, the 310-foot Hartford had both sails and a steam-driven propeller.

During the Civil War, she served as Admiral David G. Farragut’s f lagship at the time of the Union’s blockade of the Confederate’s Gulf Coast. The Battle of Mobile Bay took place August 5, 1864. Farragut had more ships, but the Confederates had the assistance of the deadly guns at Fort Morgan. It was from Hartford’s deck that Farragut said the famous line, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

In 1926, she was taken to the Norfolk Navy Yard where she sank in 1956.
Dimensions H-27 W-45 D-15 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Parsons, Charles H.
USS Hartford (ship)
Underhill, Harold
War Ships
Civil War
Subjects Ships
Model ships
Civil wars
People Parsons, Charles H.
Underhill, Harold