Product Idea

Korean Turtle Ship

Turtle Ships, so named because of their metal shell-like protective top covered in spikes, were used by the Korean Navy during the Japanese Invasion of Korea from 1592 to 1598. There were several versions of Turtle Ships, but they were generally 30 to 37 metres (100 to 120 feet) in length and equipped with cannons facing front, both sides, and to the rear. Turtle Ships also had dragon-head prows, and these could be equipped with cannon, flamethrowers and smoke/poison gas emitters. The use of oars, in addition to sails, gave Turtle Ships short bursts of speed and great manoeuvrability (they could turn in their own length). Turtle Ships was used to great effect in the Battles of Sacheon, Dangpo and Danghangpo. A Turtle Ship served as the flagship of Admiral Yi of Korea, one of the greatest admirals in history, who was never defeated at sea (at least 23 naval engagements). His most famous battle was at Myeongnyang, where his "force" of 12 ships defeated over 130 Japanese warships (over 30 Japanese ships destroyed with no Korean ships lost). Turtle Ships were not used at Myeongnyang.

The project features a Turtle Ship equipped with a flamethrower (adjustable elevation) in its dragon-head prow, two cannon each facing front and rear, and six cannons and seven oars on each side. The bow has an anchor and chain stowed behind the centre shield. The top of the Turtle Ship is covered in "spikes" and has hatches from which the crew can observe their surroundings and gain access to the sails. There is also a door at the rear of the ship.

The interior of the ship has an observation platform in the bow and also the captain's platform.

There are six minifigures - An admiral, a captain, an officer, and three crew.

There are 1,216 bricks in this project.