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Prisoner of War, Ship Model

Prisoner of war bone ship model.


One of the best POW ship models anywhere. A memorial in its own way to the prisoners kept in appalling conditions on the Medway Hulks during the Napoleonic Wars. Probably made in Chatham in the late 18th century for John Bullard, a Chatham Pilot and Master of King George III’s yacht, ‘Chatham’.

Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Guildhall Museum,
17 High St,
ME1 1PY,
United Kingdom


Rigged 3-deck warship of 84 guns; covered in white (bleached) bone plates; accurately rigged with human hair, no sails; copper alloy cannon; male kilted spear-bearing painted figurehead; flying Union flag (1801+), possibly added later? 2 small pulls emerging from stern probably operated some feature (possibly gun retracting); number not marked on object; mounted (and ‘anchored’) into wooden base with marquetry; under shaped glass dome.

  • KS1: Local History
  • KS2: Local History
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1745-1901

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