Historical Notes / Note Storiche

Historical notes

Here I'll share the information found while researching for my Amati/VM "Lady Nelson" cutter.
The "Lady Nelson" as depicted in construction plans is, in the words of her very designer,

"... representative of a typical Nelsonian/early Nineteenth Century cutter, of which many were made. The lines were taken from copies of actual Admiralty plans by Amati many years ago, and it was these lines and files I used to finalise the
designs for Amati.

There were many cutters and other small vessels that shared the same name, so it was not impossible to imagine that there was such a named cutter, especially given the immense popularity of all things relating to Nelson just before and a long time after his death. (plus of course, a lot of cutters were always bought and resold, sometimes the new owners changed the original name)

Amati initially wrote some history regarding the model, which I then took off, as I knew it wan't the same vessel that Amati had initially claimed it to be."

So no way to link these plans to an existing ship.

One of the mentioned consequences of the popularity of Nelson was the existence of a 10-guns cutter named "Lady Nelson" in 1799  off Cabrita Point (Gibraltair).

That will be my conceptual point of reference.
There is no additional info on the ship, but I like to associate my piece of wood to something existed... :-)

More info in the following pages:

About late XVII century cutters.

An overview of structure and history of Revenue and Naval cutters.

Lady Nelson historical notes
Some documents about a cutter engaged in action off Cabrita Point in 1799

Cutter vs. Brig?
About Nelson, names and keels
Note storiche

Il cutter Lady Nelson è, nelle stesse parole del suo disegnatore Chris Watton, rappresentativo di una classe di imbarcazioni molto utilizzate agli inizi del diciannovesimo secolo.

Ecco cosa scrive Chris Watton in un thread di MSW:

"... [Lady Nelson is] representative of a typical Nelsonian/early Nineteenth Century cutter, of which many were made. The lines were taken from copies of actual Admiralty plans by Amati many years ago, and it was these lines and files I used to finalise the
designs for Amati.

There were many cutters and other small vessels that shared the same name, so it was not impossible to imagine that there was such a named cutter, especially given the immense popularity of all things relating to Nelson just before and a long time after his death. (plus of course, a lot of cutters were always bought and resold, sometimes the new owners changed the original name)

Amati initially wrote some history regarding the model, which I then took off, as I knew it wan't the same vessel that Amati had initially claimed it to be."

Questa è quindi la base "concettuale", il modello non rappresenta nessuna specifica imbarcazione.

Ho però scoperto che nel 1799 c'era (almeno) un cutter navale chiamato "Lady Nelson", oggetto di una azione intorno a Gibilterra (Cabrita Point) che coinvolse numero se piccole unità britanniche, una delle quali comandata da Lord Cochrane.

Ho quindi deciso di fare si che la mia Lady Nelson sia appunto quella ingaggiata dai corsari a Cabrita Point nel 1799.
Non ci sono altre informazioni su questo specifico cutter, ma la cosa è comunque interessante...

Ulteriori informazioni nelle pagine di approfondimento (in corso di traduzione!):

About late XVII century cutters.
An overview of structure and history of Revenue and Naval cutters.

Lady Nelson historical notes
Some documents about a cutter engaged in action off Cabrita Point in 1799

Cutter vs. Brig?
About Nelson, names and keels
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