East Indiamen were large merchant ships, sailing under the flag of major European trading powers on behalf of the powerful East India companies. While their main purpose was to transport goods and passengers, they were often well–armed so they could defend themselves, but they were normally not very fast ships. The crew and number of guns varied widely, depending on the type of service the ship was performing.
Bonhomme Richard 1779
Originally named “Duc de Duras”, this ship was loaned by the French Crown to the newborn American Continental Navy, to be placed under the command of John Paul Jones; when she was renamed “Bonhomme Richard” in honor of Benjamin Franklin. During her cruise against the British, in the Battle of Flamborough Head, the Bonhomme Richard met her destiny fighting gloriously against the British Frigate HMS Serapis. Even though his ship was seriously damaged, John Paul Jones won the battle, but in the end lost his ship which sunk in the aftermath of the battle. This ship pack can also be used to represent another version of the “Bonhomme Richard 1779” with an alternative, possible armament.
One 1/1000 scale model
Special base with game stats
1 ship log
1 ship card
Box Size: 4.33 x 4.72 x 2.36 in (11 x 12 x 6 cm)
Box Weight: ~ 3.5 oz (0.1 kg)
In each pack you will find all you need to play with the ship: a special base with gaming stats, a ship log and a specific deck of maneuver cards. The ship base, ship card and ship log are printed on two sides – The game data of a second ship is printed on the back.