- The model is 100% hand built by artisans from scratch using “plank on bulkhead” construction method
- Rosewood, mahogany, teak and other exotic woods are carefully selected to build the model
- Highly complex rigging with varied thread gauge, hundreds of blocks and deadeyes.
- Figurehead, cannons, anchors, bell, propeller and other fitting made from brass or metal
- Hand-painted to match the actual tall ship.
- Solid wood base and brass name plate included.
In 1862, John Laird Sons and Company of Liverpool, England built the screw sloop-of-war CSS Alabama for the Confederate States of America. Launched as Enrica, the vessel was fitted out as a cruiser and commissioned as CSS Alabama on 24 August 1862. Under Captain Raphael Semmes, Alabama spent the next two months capturing and burning ships in the North Atlantic and intercepting American grain ships bound for Europe. Continuing its path of destruction through the West Indies, Alabama sank USS Hatteras near Galveston, Texas and captured its crew. After visiting Cape Town, South Africa Alabama sailed for the East Indies where it spent the next six months cruising for enemy shipping. While there, the formidable commerce raider destroyed seven more ships before redoubling the Cape of Good Hope and returning to Europe.