HMS Agamemnon (1781)

HMS Agamemnon (1781)

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I originally said I wouldn’t be reposting old work on here, as it’s all still there on my legacy site. Since Google has started heavily penalizing websites that don’t follow the latest design trends (even if it’s just a part of it), I have decided that it’s time to shutter the old site. Having looked through, frankly the only content worth saving is from the Agamemnon project…

HMS Agamemnon, the ship

HMS Agamemnon, a sixty-four gun, third-rate ship-of-the-line-of-battle, was constructed at Buckler’s Hard, on the Beaulieu river in Hampshire, and launched in 1781. Agamemnon was one of the most famous ships in the Royal Navy, with battle honours including The Saints, Copenhagen, the Battle of Trafalgar, and the Battle of Santo Domingo. She was commanded by Captain Horatio Nelson between 1793 and 1796, during which time he lost the sight from his right eye at the siege of Calvi, on Corsica.

HMS Agamemnon was the first ship-of-the-line Nelson commanded, and also the first in which he raised his broad pennant as Commodore. He transferred his command to the 74-gun HMS Captain in 1796, in which he took part in the Battle of St Vincent. Nelson always spoke fondly of Agamemnon, and indeed, she is remembered to this day as his favourite ship.

Designed by Sir Thomas Slade, the same man who had designed HMS Victory, she was a fast sailer, and a very weatherly ship. Unfortunately, by the time she was stationed on the West India station, her bottom was not in great condition, and in 1809 during manoeuvres in Maldonado Bay, off the coast of Uruguay, a fluke on one of her anchors penetrated her bottom. All the hands were taken off without loss of life – indeed, she settled very slowly.

This 3D model aims to reproduce the ship as she would have appeared during the time of Nelson’s command.

HMS Agamemnon, the model

Work on Agamemnon took place between early 2003 and June 2004. All work was carried out using Maxon’s Cinema 4D. This is just a selection of some of the more interesting work in progress renders from the project.

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