Ship model chebec
Origin of the chebecs
Chebecs were originally Arab constructions that were famous for their
speed and maneuverability. They were primarily fast, light sailing
warships, but in calms could also be rowed by means of oars through
smaller ports in the bulwarks between each two adjacent guns. They are
thought to have originated in Algeria, and were used by corsairs of the
Maghreb from the beginning of the 17th century. The chebec proved so
useful as a fast raider, despatch boat or even merchant ship that
versions of it were adopted in other countries.
1749 the commander of the French navy in Toulon decided to build four
such chebecs, instead of the usually built corvettes. One of these four
ships was the INDISCRET, which was launched on 24 March 1751 in Toulon.
She was 49 m long, 9.75 m wide, had a crew of 300 men and was armed with
24 eight pounders.
This ship model is a symbol for the elegance in shipbuilding. Besides it
is a symbol of extremely successful Arab shipbuilding art, which was
copied by the contemporary French shipbuilders.
de la Marine in Paris has a contemporary model of the ship. It is
covered with 22 photos and with extensive explanations in the book by
Jean Boudriot, "Modeles Historiques, Musée de la Marine", A.N.C.R.E.,
Chebec model ship, photos, description and dimensions
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There
several views of the entire model and of details. If you click on a
photo you will get that photo in high resolution. Only these high
resolution photographs show how much work and handicraft ability were
put in the model. (If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox,
press F11 to minimize navigation bars and have a larger screen with the
This beautiful model of the chebec is 1 : 50 scale. Length is 98 cm, width 25 cm, height 73
This model has been already sold. The pictures and the data are shown in
gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model
makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone
builds such a model by himself.