The French corvette La Créole
The La Créole was a 24-gun corvette of the French Navy. Her plans were drawn by P. M. Leroux in 1827. She was launched in Cherbourg in May 1829. The ship took part in the French invasion of Mexico in 1838, and most notably in the Bombardment of San Juan de Ulloa before French troops disembarked and captured the city of Veracruz.
There is a fine shipyard model on display at the Musée national de la Marine in Paris which is shown by many photos in the book of Jean Boudriot, Modeles Historiques, Musée de la Marine, ISBN 2 903 179-24, A.N.C.R.E. Paris 1997 (in French).
The La Créole model, photos, description and dimensions
The ship model was built to plans of Jean Boudriot. The model was made without sails to allow for a better view on the very detailed, impressive rigging. The dark planking is ebony, the underwater hull has copper plating, the gun port section, the galion and the boats are made from boxwood, the deck is ash tree, deck superstructures are pear, the masts are from birch tree, the yards are walnut.
This model of the La Créole is a very beautiful masterpiece, especially in detailing of hull and rigging. It took 3000 work hours to finish this ship. The model is placed on a board with a copper mirror to better show the elegant lines of the hull.
The ship model is 1 : 48 scale. Length is 140 cm, width 47 cm, height 98 cm.
The ship model was built by Mr. Klaus Reuter, Münster, Germany, Tel. +49