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Catalog Number 2000.008.003
Description Hannah Model Ship by Charles Parsons is a handmade wooden ship that is 1:48 to scale. Ship is unpainted, but is lighter wood at top and darker wood at base with a black band in the center. The sails are not up, but rigging can be seen and is attached by circular deadeyes. The ship has no crow's nest. The ship has 2 decks. The lower deck is in the front and contains a launch/dinghy near the rear, a sail in the front, and a reel to pull in the anchors. The anchors are black and attached to beige rope and are placed on the outer front of the ship. The left side of the front of the ship has been left open to show the inside of the ship base. The upper deck holds one of the sails as well as small bell in front of it. There are also two wooden compartments on the upper deck that sit under an arm of the sail. The rear of the ship reads "HANNAH" in wood letters that are inside a black, oval border. There are 4 cannons on the lower deck and 4 cannons on the front rail. There are 6 cannons on the rails of the upper deck. Mounted on a dark stained wood base on a painted beige base on a dark stained wood base.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Hannah Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1998-1999
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Inscription Text "HANNAH / 1775 / MODEL BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1998" (engraved on brass colored, metal 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 1998; however, according to his construction log, the model was completed in 1999.
Notes USS Hannah
American Topsail Schooner, 1774
Model by Charles Parsons
1:48 scale, Completed 1998

Originally a merchant vessel, the Hannah specialized in trade voyages between New England and the West Indies. When the Revolutionary War began, ships were needed to defend Massachussets’ ports. In August 1775, the 58-foot schooner was retrof itted with gun ports, becoming the “First Ship of the United States Navy.”

Put into service to intercept British cargo ships, her naval career was unimpressive. She ran aground on October 10, 1775, while running from a British ship.
Dimensions H-24.5 W-28 D-9.25 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model Ships
Parsons, Charles H.
War Ships
Working Ships
Hannah (ship)
Subjects Model ships
Sailing ships
Working ships
People Parsons, Charles H.