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H.M.S. Nymph  Paperweight

Lost in the British Virgin Islands 1783:  Historical Details

Tropical Rose

We only have  pictures of the nameplate model available at this time

Pictures of regular models are not currently available on line:


Both models come in these colors:

Wedgwood Blue

Tropical Rose

Celadon Green

Olive Green


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Nymph Paperweight $58.00
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Height: 1 inch;
Length: 4 1/2inches;
Width: 3 1/2 inches;
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs 


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Custom Nameplate Details
 Coral Clock with Doves
3 inches long by 1/2 inch high
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HMS Nymph Paperweight in Virgin Island Fossil Coral

Purchase one of these beautiful, and difficult to make, Paperweights as a gift for a treasured friend.

Paperweights will forever be a reminder of quieter times before everything was "on disk".
Use this on your desk, if you still have those piles of paper, or otherwise just use it to prop up your invitations on the mantelpiece.

Historical Details

His Majesty King George II’s Ship “Nymph”

14-gun (later 16-gun) 6th rate Swan-class ship rigged sloop
Tons burthen: 301 87/94 bm, Complement: 125 officers and men
Length: 96 ft 7 in (29.4 m) (overall); 78 ft 10 in (24.0 m) (keel)
Beam: 26 ft 10 in (8.2 m; Depth of hold: 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Armament: Upper deck: 14 x 6 pounders (later 16);
Quarterdeck: 8 x ½ pounder swivels, Forecastle: 4 x ½ pounder swivels.

Construction: Nymph was ordered from Chatham Dockyard in England on 8 January 1777 and laid down there in April that year under master shipwright Israel Pownoll. She was launched on 27 May 1778 and completed by 27 July 1778. She cost a total of £8,640.13.4d to build, including money spent on fitting and coppering her. Armed with 14 6 pounder guns originally, she was later fitted to carry 16 guns by Admiralty orders of 1779 and 1780.

Nymph was commissioned in May 1778 under Commander William Denne, and served in the English Channel. She came under Commander John Blankett in January 1779 and sailed for the East Indies on 8 March that year to join Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes' East India fleet. Her role was to protect English interests and island inhabitants from French and American privateers and her duties included protecting interests in Calcutta, Bombay and Madras and serving as an escort to East India merchant convoys. In January 1780 she came under Commander William Stevens, who went on to capture the American letter of marque Racoon on 9 October 1781, and, while sailing in company with HMS Amphion, took the American privateers Royal Louis on 9 October and Rambler on 30 October 1781. She remained in the East Indies into 1782, during which time Commander John Sutton took over.

Refit and visit to West Indies: Nymph returned to Britain later in 1782 and was refitted and re-coppered at Plymouth between August and October. Commander Richard Hill then took command, and Nymph sailed for the Leeward Islands on 5 December to join Admiral Hugh Pigot and Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Hughes, of the Lesser Antilles squadron.

Sinking: On 28 June 1783, in Road Harbour, Tortola, BVI, just before 11 pm, Nymph was found to be on fire. Aid was sent from shore and from nearby ships, but smoke and flames defeated efforts. The ship was abandoned to burn out, with the loss of three servicemen. At a Court Martial assembled on board HMS Enterprise at Antigua on the 4 August, 1783, fault was found to be owing to the carelessness of the purser’s steward with the cooper’s lights in the steward or slop rooms. Commander Richard Hill, his officers and crew were acquitted from fault of the loss.

Discovery: In February 1969, dredging in Road Harbour revealed the remains of the Nymph and other vessels. Artifacts were removed, but no archaeological survey or site excavation was conducted. In 2005, before further dredging operations, teams from University of Bristol dived in Road Harbour in efforts to locate and complete a full survey of the remains of HMS Nymph and the other vessels.

About Sloops: In the 18th century, a sloop-of-war was a small sailing warship with a single gun deck that carried up to eighteen guns. A sloop-of-war was quite different from a civilian or mercantile sloop, which was a general term for a single masted vessel rigged like what we would today call a gaff cutter. The first three-masted (i.e. "ship rigged") sloops appeared during the 1740s, and from the mid-1750s most new sloops were built with a three-masted (ship) rig.

Paperweight: Nymph is presented here under full plain sail (normal working sails). In fair weather she might also have carried studding sails on the outer ends of the yards and also one or two spritsails below the bowsprit.
Shown are representations of her 16 gun ports, the after cabin side windows and the ship’s boarding ladder, which was built into the side of the vessel.

 Virgin Island Fossil Coral Paperweights are not painted......

Virgin Island Fossil Coral Paperweights are not painted — they are made with plain and colored coral. Every paperweight made is unique. First the relief is made and then the background, tinted with a different color, is added afterwards. Every paperweight is completely hand made. The technique of the artisan in laying in the colors, the batch of white fossil coral prepared for use, the temperature, the humidity, all affect how the colors will flow. No two will ever be exactly the same. All our pieces are all individually made. The Coral Studio employs no mass production techniques, only skilled craftspeople.


All The Coral Studio's "Virgin Island Fossil Coral" line are made using Fossil Coral Rock from on land in the British Virgin Islands. Live coral lives underwater, and Fossil Coral can be found there too, but we use Fossil Coral exclusively gathered from on shore. It's absolutely unique because no one else in the world makes figurines this way. And when you own one of these pieces you will be displaying artwork that is ecologically friendly.

Each of our items is carefully handmade by artisans and skilled craftsmen and uses a natural product gathered and refined locally; therefore, variations in finishes, castings, color, inclusions, and detailing are anticipated and expected. Please make sure you review our terms and conditions before you order.