'Launch of the Frigate Raleigh'
32-gun frigate built by James Hackett at John Langdon’s yard on Badger’s Island, Kittery, ME (Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard) 1776. It was one of thirteen ships that the Continental Congress authorized for the United States Navy in 1775. She was taken by two British ships off Penobscott in 1778 after being chased ashore. This interesting waterline style diorama is an effort to interpret the general scene which took place during the launching of this famous 131’ frigate. Not only does the format show the fully constructed hull of the vessel, but an historic presentation of the 'ways' on which the ship was launched into the harbor. Surrounding the launching way are various buildings and shops, which provided the critical services to the shipyard, as well as other vessels, and activity. There is even a secondary ‘launching way’ on which another vessel is shown in frames being constructed. The model is crafted of a solid wood hull, planked-over and copper sheathed, as well as being authentically painted per known research. There are a variety of hand painted work-action figures presented in various vignettes. The diorama is mounted in a solid mahogany stained wood frame with inlay banding, and includes two brass engraved name plaques.