Fans of historical fiction have long treasured the novels of Patrick O?Brian, most of which are set during the Napoleonic Wars and feature as central characters English naval captain Jack Aubrey and ship?s physician Stephen Maturin. In 2003 Peter Weir?s hit movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World brought O?Brian?s fictional universe to even broader public attention. The main focus of the movie is on the naval battle between the English ship the H.M.S. Surprise and the French ship The Acheron; the latter was actually modeled on the U.S.S. Constitution, a.k.a. ?Old Ironsides,? but the nationality of the ship as well as the year of the battle were changed to avoid offending American backers and American audiences.
This is the model of the legendary French frigate ‘Acheron’ of the Napoleonic era, which became famous for its active operations against English whaling ships and coastal trading vessels around South American shores. This Frigate was considered a nightmare for the British admiralty and its sailors. The powerful rig gave the Acheron a speed that made it practically unreachable for other ships and her guns’ broadside literally swept everything away from the enemy ships board.
Completed model is about 18″.