1/124 B375-400 Pyro Civil War Blockade Runner (Cutter 'Lavinia') - (ex-Harriett Lane)
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: Fair
After the initial issue, Pyro re-marketed the Harriett Lane as the 'Lavinia,' which was what the Confederates renamed her when they captured and converted her to a blockade runner. This kit was originally made in the early to mid 1960s and is well detailed for that time. Features full hull, full deck fittings, railings, detailed running and standing rigging diagrams, sails, rigging material and more. Molded in green (hull), wood tan, medium gray and black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. The front 2/3 of the bow tip is cleanly broken off and present; it is included and is an easy fix. The Harriett Lane was built in 1858 and named for President Buchanan's niece. The cutter was 180 feet long with a 30 foot beam and displacement was 670 tons. Armament consisted of 3-9 inch Dahlgrens and 1-30 lb Parrot Rifle. She was built at a time when steam was not fool-proof, so she is rigged for full sails. Harriett Lane served as the Presidential Yacht, the fired the first shot of the Civil War. She chased down blockade runners until January 1, 1863 when she was attacked by five Confederate gun boats and boarded. She was captured and renamed the Lavinia and was used as a blockade runner. Near the end of the war she caught fire at sea, and put into Havana Harbor. Federal forces took her again and rebuilt her in 1869 as the bark 'Elliot Ritchie'. She was abandoned at sea in 1884.
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