USS Confederacy (1778)

USS Confederacy

Ronald Roberti

Accession No.: 2007.1.26
Date: 2002
Materials: Basswood, red gum, mansonia, walnut, ebony, boxwood, pear, holly, pave marfin, and poplar


Provenance: This 1:64 scale, Class-A (scratch built), plank-on-frame admiralty model of the USS Confederacy was built by Master Modeler Ronald Roberti and purchased by Houston Maritime Museum founder, James L. Manzolillo. Admiralty models were the builder’s models of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and every piece used to construct this model is exactly as it appeared on the original vessel. The USS Confederacy was one of the first frigates used for the newly independent United States of America. After a transporting naval stores and government officials—both foreign and domestic—she was captured and renamed the HMS Confederate by Great Britain before being lost to history in 1781.

Bequest of James L. Manzolillo, 2007.

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