Amati Granado Ketch-Rigged Bomb Vessel
The Bomb Vessel Granado was ordered on 14th September 1741 and the contract was given to the Ipswich shipbuilder John Barnard. Launched on 22nd June 1742. Her construction work was overseen by the great Navel surveyor and architect Thomas Slade who later designed Nelson’s Victory. Granado’s lines (and very uncommon carving work for such a vessel) suggest she was originally intended as a sloop, and for the first 14 years of her operational career, she was indeed fitted out as a sloop, not bomb vessel.
From 1745 to 1748 Granado operated mainly off the East coast of England intercepting smugglers and privateers. With the impending arrival of what was become The Seven Years War, the ship was recommissioned on 26th April 1756. But, it wasn’t until July 1756 that Granado was converted to her role of bomb vessel, and refitted at Woolwich for Channel service. She was fitted with two 13 inch mortars, 4pounder carriage guns and anti personnel swivel guns.
The Granado kit is part of Amati’s Victory Models line, and includes laser-cut wooden frames, keel, and decks; double planking for the hull; wood and metal fittings, and brass photo-etched parts. Detailed plans and instructions are included as well as a laser-cut wooden stand.