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HMS Unicorn Virtual Museum Project – Salty Sea Dogs

HMS Unicorn Virtual Museum Project

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In association The Unicorn Preservation Society we are proud to present the HMS Unicorn Virtual Museum project. Our goal with this project is to create an interactive and ‘living’ ship that can be explored using VR devices such as the Google Cardboard, Saumsung GearVR, Oculus Rift, and more. We also plan to build a web front version for browsers as well for those without a VR device.

The model for the HMS Unicorn is being built in-house by our very talented modeler Christian Tornholm-Lehn for PiratesAhoy! for both the VR Museum project as well as the project Hearts Of Oak: Conquest of the Seas. Due to the detail of the model needed for both a museum quality replica and use for gaming it will be one of the most accurate 3d ship models made to date. Because the real HMS Unicorn is ‘in ordinary’, meaning it has a house over the deck and does not have rigging, we are using the sister ship HMS Trincomalee as the base of the rigging portion. Both are Leda class ships, with minor variations in design so the rigging should be extremely similar.

Planned Builds:

  • Android (with and without Google Cardboard or GearVR)
  • iOS (with and without VR)
  • Windows (for VR devices and without)


  • Create a set of interactive displays to allow users to understand the function and correct nomenclature of shipboard items and tools
  • Allow users to freely explore a ‘living’ ship as it would have been outfitted during the period
  • Teach users how life aboard a ship was lived through representation of crew and officers for certain displays

Currently we are using a previously built model of the HMS Fly for the Tides of War project as a stand in until the Unicorn frigate model is complete enough to use.

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