Muckleburgh ships

I usually manage to visit the Muckleburgh Collection in Norfolk every three or four years. I have not been recently, but I understand that the collection of 1:96th-scale model ships build by Wyndham Williams is still on show.

Here are a selection of the models in that collection:

HMS Magnificent
HMS Magnificent was one of the nine Majestic-class battleships built for the Royal Navy built during the last decade of the nineteenth century.

Her specifications were:

  • Displacement: 16,060 tons
  • Length: 421 feet
  • Beam: 75 feet
  • Draught: 27 feet
  • Propulsion: 2 × 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engines powering twin screws
  • Speed: 16 knots
  • Complement: 672
  • Armament:
    • 4 x BL 12-inch 35-calibre Mk VIII guns (2 x 2)
    • 12 x QF 6-inch 40-calibre guns (12 x 1)
    • 16 x QF 12-pounder (3-inch) (16 x 1)
    • 12 x QF 3-pounder (12 x 1)
    • 5 x 18-inch torpedo tubes (four submerged, one above water)
  • Armour:
    • Belt armour: 9 inches
    • Deck: 2.5 to 4.5 inches
    • Barbettes: 14 inches
    • Conning Tower: 14 inches

HMS Hornet
HMS Hornet was one of the Acheron-class destroyers built for the Royal Navy just before the First World War.

Her specifications were:

  • Displacement: 910 tons
  • Length: 246 feet
  • Beam: 26 feet
  • Draught: 8.9 feet
  • Propulsion: 2 × steam turbine engines powering twin screws
  • Speed: 28 knots
  • Complement: 72
  • Armament:
    • 2 x BL 4-inch L/40 Mark VIII guns (2 x 1)
    • 2 x QF 12-pounder (3-inch) (2 x 1)
    • 2 x 21-inch torpedo tubes

HMS Warrior
HMS Warrior (and her sister-ship HMS Black Prince) were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships built anywhere in the world. She has been preserved as a museum in Portsmouth as part of the National Historic Fleet.

Her specifications were:

  • Displacement: 9,137 tons
  • Length: 420 feet
  • Beam: 58 feet 4 inches
  • Draught: 26 feet 10 inches
  • Propulsion: 1 x steam trunk engine powering a single screw
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Complement: 706
  • Armament:
    • 26 x Smoothbore muzzle-loading 68-pounder guns
    • 10 x Rifled breechloading 110-pounder guns
    • 4 x Rifled breechloading 40-pounder guns
  • Armour:
    • Belt armour: 4.5 inches
    • Bulkheads: 4.5 inches

HMS Warspite
HMS Warspite was a Queen Elizabeth-class battleship that was built during the First World War for the Royal Navy and continued in service (after a major reconstruction) throughout the Second World War.

Her specifications were:

  • Displacement (as built): 33,410 tons
  • Length: 639 feet 5 inches
  • Beam: 90 feet 6 inches
  • Draught: 30 feet 6 inches
  • Propulsion: 4 × direct drive steam turbines powering four screws
  • Speed: 24 knots
  • Complement: 925 to 1,220
  • Armament (after reconstruction):
    • 8 x BL 15-inch L/42 guns Mk I guns (4 x 2)
    • 8 x QF 6-inch 40-calibre guns (8 x 1)
    • 8 x QF 4-inch Mk XVI anti-aircraft guns (4 x 2)
    • 32 x 2-pounder anti-aircraft guns (4 x 8)
    • 16 x 0.5-inch anti-aircraft machine guns (4 x 4)
  • Armour:
    • Belt armour: 14 inches
    • Barbettes and Turrets: 13 inches
    • Conning Tower: 12 inches


6 Comments on “Muckleburgh ships”

  1. Mosstrooper says:

    Oh I just love ship models ! , always feel an unforfilled urge to start ship modelling myself

  2. Mosstrooper,They have the same effect upon me. I just wish that I had the time to build them and the space to display them … and use them for wargaming!All the best,Bob

  3. Never heard of this collection before but what magnificent models they are!I have a loft full of ship model kits and I keep buying them but just don't have the time or the space, sadly!

  4. Legatus Hedlius,The model ship collection – of which my photographs only show a part – is located within a privately-owned military museum on the North Nofolk coast not far from Sheringham. If you are ever in that area, it is well worth a few hours of your time.I also own quite a number of unmade ship model kits, and like you, I have yet to find the time to make them.All the best,Bob

  5. The disgraceful part is – I pass Muckleburgh on a regular basis and it must be 5 or 6 years since I visited the place.And yes, it is worth the visit…

  6. Xaltotun of Python,I live less than two miles from the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich … and have only been there once in the last two years. We all do it … 'I'll go in there next time I am passing … ' … and then we don't!All the best,Bob

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