The history of the chebec Le Requin
In 1749 a proposal was made by the commander of the Toulon dockyard to build four chebecs as an effective protection against the Barbary pirates. The corsairs primarily relied on fast and agile chebecs, while the frigates and sloops-of-war of the French navy proved ill-adapted to fight them. So it was logical to confront them with the same type of ships. The chebecs were shallow-draught vessels with concave waterlines in the bows and sides sloping outwards. They were rigged with lateen sails on all three masts and carried 20 - 40 guns.
The chebec Le Requin was built in 1750 - 1751 by Majorcan shipwrights at the Royal Dockyard in Toulon for the French navy. She was launched on 14 March 1751. Her crew were 220 men, her armament were twenty-four 8-pdr-guns. She was to show excellent sailing qualities and served in the French navy until 1770.
The Le Requin model, photos, description and dimensions
During the 18th and 19th centuries ship models constructed for the Royal Navy were referred to as admiralty models. They were principally constructed to depict proposed warship design. Many of these models illustrated the actual timbering or framing, showed the form of the hull and usually had great detail of the deck furnishings.
This ship model was built to plans by Jean Boudriot, in admiralty style with sides left unplanked to show the inner timberwork of the ship. The guns and fittings are handmade of brass and burnished. The frames and planks are Swiss pear and ebony wood. The carvings are made from boxwood.
This model of the Le Requin is a very rare, very fine piece of work, a true masterpiece. It was built in almost four years with unusually much machinery.
The model is 1 : 48 scale. Length is 124 cm, width 26 cm, height 82 cm.
The stand is beech tree stained mahogany. The model is fixed to the stand by pegs and can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.
The building of the model has been documented by many photos
that go on DVD with the model on sale. One can clearly see that the model has
been built with all timberwork like a real ship.
Some of the building process photos you find here: phase_1, phase_2 .
Price and transport of the model
The price of the model is 15000 Euro, plus transport cost.
Transport: The ship model can be secured in a transport box. This way, delivery by truck or air cargo over long distances can be safely done.
If you live close by, picking up the model with your car may be a good way, too.
The ship model was built by Rüdiger Eschker. Please contact him, if you are interested in the ship.
Rüdiger Eschker, Kreuzkamp 11a, 51371 Leverkusen, Germany
Tel.: +49 2173 40462, cell phone +49 151 40781865, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .