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Catalog Number 2000.008.007
Description Prince De Nuefchatel Model Ship (made in 1814) by Charles Parsons is a handmade wooden ship to 1:64 scale. The lower half of the ship is copper colored tiles, while the upper half is unpainted with black bands. The ship has one deck with two flagpoles with rigging attached by round, black deadeyes. The pole in front contains a white crow's nest with no railings. There are two black, anchors on the front, the one on the right hangs loose, while the one on left it tied to ship. There is a white dinghy hanging off rear of ship, and two dinghies/launches stacked center of ship (one large, one small). There are 8 cannons on each side, but 11 cannon windows. There is a raised compartment/quarters towards rear of ship. Ship is mounted on light wood base, on painted beige base, on light wood base.
Object Name Model, Instructional
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Prince De Nuefchatel Model Ship by Charles Parsons
Date 1989
Creator Parsons, Charles
Role Artist
Creator Smithsonian Institute
Role Designer
Inscription Text "PRINCE DE NEUFCHATEL / PRIVATEER-1814 / MODEL BY / CHARLES H. PARSONS / 1989" (brass plaque on base)
Provenance Model constructed by Charles Parsons at his home in San Carlos.
Notes Prince de Neufchatel
American Privateer, 1812
Model by Charles Parsons,
Model Plans by the Smithsonian Institution
1:64 scale, Completed 1989

During the War of 1812, the Prince De Neufchatel was an American privateer licensed to capture British merchant ships. Designed for speed, she was one of the most prof itable of her kind. She escaped from the British 17 times. During one engagement in October 1814, the Neufchatel’s captain threatened to blow up his ship if his men lost courage. In the resulting rally the Americans beat of f the British ship.

She was captured by the British in December 1814 and taken back to England. The Royal Navy’s board was impressed by her unique design and intended to build copies of her. Due to the war’s end, this was never done. Damaged at the dock, she was broken up in 1815.
Dimensions H-26 W-39.5 D-17.25 inches
Medium Wood
Search Terms Model
Parsons, Charles H.
Smithsonian Institution
Prince de Neufchatel (ship)
War Ships
Working Ships
Subjects Models
Model ships
Working ships
People Parsons, Charles H.