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6274 Caribbean Clipper a.k.a. 6274 Governor's Ship "Sea Hawk" is a set from the Pirates theme released in 1989. The Imperial Soldiers set contains a two-masted sailing ship and four minifigures.

Description

Ship

The Imperial Soldier's two-mast flagship is named the Sea Hawk. The mainmast, which is near the front of the ship, has two large sails on turnable spars. The rigging to this is on the inside of the ship, and string goes from the end of the bowsprit to the back of the quarterdeck. At the top of both masts, there is a flag, although the back one has a bigger one. At the front of the ship there is a yellow figurehead depicting a parrot. Above this is the bowsprit, which has a jib sail strung onto it. At the front fight, there is an anchor.

The ship has four gunports–two on each side–and while the set comes with two cannons the gun deck is spacious enough to accommodate four cannons. The gunports have bottom hinging flaps/covers.

At the back of the ship there is an almost-enclosed cabin with a window at the back though there is no door. The quarterdeck has yellow railing on three sides, the steering wheel and back mast being at the front instead.

Box flap

Sometime during the 18th century, a peaceful colony of settlers enjoying the island treasures they discovered, suddenly had their serenity interrupted. The invaders were those who called themselves the LEGOLAND Pirates of the Sea! For years, the Pirates had been searching for the same buried treasures that the settlers were now claiming as their own. This, of course, disturbed the Pirates as they knew the doubloons (Spanish gold coins) the settlers found had belonged to their ancestors.

The gold the settlers found on a neighboring island needed to be transported back to their Fortress so that it could be kept hidden from the Pirates. The crew aboard the Caribbean Clipper was called to action. Their task was to return the gold safely to the Eldorado Fortress at whatever cost. Once they reached the Fortress, Governor Broadside would take over and find a safe place to hide the gold.

The crew was a group of very proud men. They would not let anything or anyone come between them and the gold. The Pirates, however, had other plans...

Use your imagination to continue The Adventures of the LEGOLAND Pirates of the Sea!

Canadian box flap

During the eighteenth century, a peaceful colony of settlers were enjoying the island treasures they had discovered.  Their peaceful life was about to be disrupted by the Legoland Pirates of the Sea who had been searching for the same buried treasure.  The settlers were transporting the gold from neighboring islands and realized that they would have to protect it from the Pirates.  The Caribbean Clipper was called into action  This mighty galleon transported the gold to the Eldorado Fortress.  Once it was there, Governor Broadside would take over and find a safe place to hide the gold.  The crew was a group of very proud men.  They would not let anyone take the gold, but they also knew that the pirates had other plans...  Use your imagination to continue the Adventures of the Legoland Pirates of the Sea!

Minifigures

The Imperial Soldier - Sailor (Imperial Marine) figures are unique to this set, with red epaulets and a tricorner hat, compared to the regular Imperial Soldier (trooper) that has a shako hat and a backpack.

This is also one of the two sets with a rare Governor Broadside minifigure, and the only one where he has a yellow plume. The set has at least 3 cutlasses, a musket, and a pistol as weapons.


Minifigures Included

Imperial Soldier - Governor
Imperial Soldier - Sailor
Imperial Soldier - Sailor
Imperial Soldier - Sailor
Governor BroadsideImperial Soldier (Marine)Imperial SoldierImperial Soldier

Notes

  • The set was the Imperial Soldiers' naval vessel but it was only about half the size of the Black Seas Barracuda, a recurring running gag in Lego Pirates where the Imperials' ship is usually smaller than the main Pirates ship of the era. The Caribbean Clipper's hull is composed of a bow, 1 middle section, and a stern, while the Black Seas Barracuda has an additional 2 middle sections.
    • Both vessels have the same broadside firepower of 2 cannons, with the Black Seas Barracuda set including four cannons, while the Caribbean Clipper set comes with 2 cannons but can accommodate 2 more, as both ships share the same 16 stud cross-section.[1][2]
  • The 6274 Caribbean Clipper featured in two television commercials, one where it is trading broadsides with the 6285 Black Seas Barracuda (circa 1989-90), and another where it rescues the captive Imperial Soldiers trooper from the 6270 Forbidden Island.
  • This is the only Lego Pirate ship with bottom hinging gunport flaps/covers.
  • This set ranks highly among collectors, as an unopened set on eBay can fetch prices overlapping with the bigger 6285 Black Seas Barracuda and 6286 Skull's Eye Schooner [3][4]
  • 6274 Caribbean Clipper has more pieces and is more detailed than its Imperial successors, the 6271 Imperial Flagship (1992), and the 6280 Armada Flagship (1996). For instance, 6271 lacks a figurehead and a rear cabin (the latter due to the mechanism where the ship's wheel controls the rudder) and also has a narrower hull (12 stud hull cross-section versus the Caribbean Clipper's 16 stud cross-section) where the gundeck can only accommodate 2 cannons. [5]

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