I started keeping track of my sailing ships miniatures with a spreadsheet in September of 2014. In that first spreadsheet there is a page entitled "Under Construction" where I kept track of ships being built. That first page listed the USS Pennsylvania, USS North Carolina, a Russian 46 gun frigate, a Russian 50 gun frigate, and 2 French 74 gun ships of the line. Well, the latest version of the spreadsheet, which is dated 12/27/17 lists the following ships as "Under Construction": The USS Pennsylvania, USS North Carolina, a Russian 46 gun frigate and a Russian 50 gun frigate. After almost 3 and 1/2 years on the under construction list, I've taken to calling these ships "the unicorns." One of my resolutions for this year is to reduce the size of this herd of unicorns.
All four of these ships were ordered for projects that did not materialize, or were not what I needed. The two Russian frigates were bought in order to do an 1806 Black Sea campaign that is one of my favorite forgotten wars from the Age of Sail. After buying them, I later bought the excellent reference book Russian Warships in the Age of Sail 1696-1860: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates by John Tredrea and Eduard Sozaev. While a fantastic English language reference on the subject, it also let me know that all of the 46 gun frigates were out of service by 1800 in the Black Sea. Along with that, the 50 gun two deck frigates were nearly extinct by the 1806 war.
|If you're interested in the Russian navy during the Age of Sail,
then you MUST have this book.
|The 46 gun frigate
|The 50 gun frigate, painted in the post-1801 scheme.
|A little touch up here and there, some base work, and it will be time to put in the masts
(well, after I repaint them). Maybe North Carolina is not as finished as I first thought.
|Clearly then, this is the USS Pennsylvania. She's obviously a long way from