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Tango0103 Jan 2013 12:57 p.m. PST

"It appears that the Cyane built by Bass at Topsham in 1806 was originally named Columbine: It is described as a sixth rate (32 guns or less), so was one of the Royal Navy's smallest class of warship. Being a frigate, it had three masts with square sails. There appears to be some doubt about whether the Cyane was built in Topsham or Lympstone because the well-respected authority, Michael Oppenheim, in his book "The Maritime History of Devon" (Exeter University 1968 although written in 1908) states that the Cyane was built in Lympstone.

This is pure conjecture but 1806, the year the Cyane was built, was the year that the short-lived partnership of John Bass and John Bishop in Tilney Rising's old yard at the end of The Strand, Topsham was dissolved, so perhaps the ship could have spent time in both yards, e.g. built at Topsham and fitted out at Lympstone.

At link there is an account of an action on 24/27 June 1809 near Naples in the Mediterranean involving a Royal Navy ship called the Cyane described as a "22-gun ship". It was commanded by Captain Thomas Staines who lost his left arm in the action. The damage to the ship was so great that "the Cyane was immediately sent to England to be refitted":

There are a considerable number of accounts on the WWW which make reference to the ship HMS Cyane, in connection with her capture, 20 February 1815, along with HMS Levant by the USS Constitution during the War of 1812 (actually just after peace had been agreed because of the slowness of communications at the time!). The Cyane suffered serious damage and 6 dead and 29 wounded before Captain Gordon Falcon surrendered. After her capture, HMS Cyane became the USS Cyane, being broken up sometime after 1835…"

Beautifull ship.(28mm)



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Rapier Miniatures Inactive Member04 Jan 2013 4:04 a.m. PST

That is a handsome and handy little ship.

Tango0104 Jan 2013 10:51 a.m. PST

Glad you had enjoy the ship my friend.


Cy3decks Inactive Member07 Jan 2013 12:51 p.m. PST

The Cyane was ordered as the Columbine, but renamed on 6th Dec 1805, 10 months before she was launched

Although Cyane carried 32 weapons, (including carronades) she was rated as a 22-gun 6th rate post-ship.

If the model is intended to represent her, it is short a pair of gunports on the upper deck (it has 10, the Cyane carried 11 guns per side)

Also the Cyane was built at Topsham and fitted at Portsmouth Dockyard link



Private Matter15 Jan 2013 12:39 p.m. PST

I just this company's USS Wasp and it looks like it'll be a masterpiece when I have built. The Cyane will be my next project from Laser Dream Works.

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