The Sovereign of the Seas, often referred to as the “Golden Devil,” was a magnificent and iconic ship in the early 17th century. Launched in 1637, she was a true marvel of her time, renowned for her imposing size and extraordinary gilded decorations. Built as a warship for the English Royal Navy, the Sovereign of the Seas was a symbol of England’s maritime power and ambition during the age of exploration. With an awe-inspiring design and exceptional craftsmanship, this ship stood as a testament to the grandeur and strength of the British navy, leaving an indelible mark on the history of naval architecture and seafaring during her era.
The handcrafted museum model of the Sovereign of the Seas, resplendent with ornate embellishments, is a true masterpiece that captures the grandeur and opulence of this iconic 17th-century ship. Meticulously recreated with an extraordinary attention to detail, this model ship is a testament to the skill and artistry of its craftsmen. Every aspect of the Sovereign of the Seas, from its towering masts and billowing sails to its intricate gilded decorations, has been faithfully reproduced, providing a window into a bygone era of maritime splendor.
Cabinet display is also available, not only make your models a centrepiece; they ensure that they will remain just as beautiful in many years’ time.
As one of the most important ships of its time, the HMS Sovereign of the Seas is of immense historical importance. She was built as a prestige warship after a meeting in 1634 at Woolwich Dockyard between King Charles I and the Master Shipwright, Phineas Pett. It first launched out from Woolwich in 1637, and since then she was about to make a major mark on the world of naval transport.
The ship itself was the predecessor to Nelson’s Victory, and was a major part of the navy at the time. The fact she was just the second three-decked first-rate ship to be built, too, made her even more important to naval development. Indeed, she was part of the innovation that eventually led to an entire ship deck alone just for firepower to be stored. In terms of achievement, the Sovereign of the Seas is one of the most decorated ships of its – or any – era. It was though, not without consequence: the £65,000+ needed to build it eventually led to the start of the English Civil War.
With over 100 bronze cannons aboard, though, the ship was very much worth the investment from a military perspective. She was the single most powerful ship on the seas at the time of its development, and served as one of its most weighted ships also. Indeed, she was one of the heaviest in the world, until the Prince Royal came along. For many, though, the impressive nature of the Sovereign of the Seas means that, for many, it was spoken about in truly hushed tones.