- 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.
The NORSKE LOEVE was built in 1765 by the Nyholm shipyard, close to Copenhagen. The ship was named after the Norwegian Lion and the Danish-Norwegian Imperial Coat of Arms. There was a normal crew of 667 men and an armament of 70 cannons of iron with 26 cannons 24 pd. on the lower deck, 26 cannons 18 pd. on the middle deck and 18 cannons 8 pd. on the upper deck. All ornaments, made by the sculptor C. Moellerup, were reminders of Norway. On the transom there is a fisherman and a farmer, symbolizing the most important trades of Norway, agriculture and fishing.
The Norske Loeve was used as a guard ship in Oeresund and other Danish waters. In 1795, after having been stripped into a block ship, she was used to give shelter for homeless families after the fire in Copenhagen that same year. In 1798 she was deleted from the naval register.