From the Crow’s Nest | THE SCENE
The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art has acquired an exhibition-quality model of the “Bermuda-built” brig Fair American, which was commissioned as a privateer during the
American Revolutionary War and commanded by Captain Charles
Morgan of Bermuda.
;e beautifully constructed scale model of the 14-gun brig was
assembled by renowned American model builder Michael Costagliola
(1919–2011), based on a contemporary Royal Navy model. ;e hull
features mahogany planking over boxwood frames and head rails that
support a female ;gurehead. ;e model is rigged as a brig,
with bowsprit, masts, spars, trees, tops and
standing and running rigging.
;e Fair American is described by
Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers as
a Bermuda-built brig, either con-
structed in Bermuda or made
using Bermuda sloop lines in
about 1776. ;e vessel was
a US-;agged privateer during much of the Revolutionary War.
“;e Fair American is an important addition to Masterworks’ col-
lection of ship models of importance to Bermuda’s history. ;is is yet
another attraction for museum lovers, nautical fans and history bu;s.
Morgan’s ghost lives large and has come home,” said Tom Butter;eld,
founder and creative director of Masterworks.
;e model’s planked and tunneled deck is detailed with pin and ;fe
rails, bit post, capstan, hatches, a ship’s boat on a raised frame, pumps,
a ship’s wheel, boxed compass, ladders, skylight, US ;ag and other
According to Bonhams, the Fair American was
commanded by Captain Morgan, who was granted
a privateer commission by the governor of South
;e Fair American
model will be displayed
as part of Masterworks’
30th anniversary celebra-
tion in January 2017. In
the meantime, it can be
viewed by appointment at
16 | THE BERMUDIAN
Masterworks Acquires a model of the Bermuda-built brig, Fair American
commanded by the infamous Captain Morgan in the late 1700s