Ship model French Soleil Royal of 1669
Scale 1 : 77, length 102 cm, width 44 cm, height 94 cm,
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SOLEIL ROYAL, a famous ship in French naval history
The French SOLEIL ROYAL was named in honour of the Sun KING, Louis XIV.
The SOLEIL ROYAL was one of the most powerful warships of her time. She
was launched 1669 in Brest and carried 104 cannons. As flagship of the
revitalized French Navy, brought into being by Minister of Marine Jean
Baptiste Colbert, she was sumptuously decorated with wooden carvings,
depicting a variety of motifs emblematic of the French monarch. The
taffrail was embellished with a rendering of the sun god drawn across
the sky by a team of horses, while the ornate figurehead showed a
seahorse flanked by winged maidens.
In July 1690, at the
battle of Beachy Head, admiral Tourville led the French fleet of 70
ships to a victory against the united English and Dutch fleet of 57
ships. Two years later the situation was less favorable. On 20 May 1692,
battles of Barfleur and La Hogue, a French fleet with only 44 ships
met the English and Dutch with twice as many ships off Pointe de
Barfleur. Some the French ships could escape but the SOLEIL ROYAL was so
strongly damaged that she ran aground when trying to escape to
Cherbourg. On 23 May 1692 she was destroyed by English fireships.
The SOLEIL ROYAL ship model, photos, description and dimensions
The ship's hull was painted in royal blue and gold. The decorations are
shown in the model in very detail. Please take your time to have a good
look at the set of photos. There are
several views of the entire model and
close views of hull, rigging and decorations. 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
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The finely worked, detailed model of the SOLEIL ROYAL clearly shows the
impressive lines of hull and rigging that were typical of ships of that
age. The model is 1 : 77 scale. Length is 102 cm, width 44 cm,
height 94 cm.
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.