Ship model La Perle, a bisquine of Cancale of 1905
Scale 1 : 20, length 166 cm, width 23 cm, height 109 cm
More photos: of entire ship,
of details. Click on the photos for high
The bisquines of Cancale, a typical French craft in
Brittany and Normandy
The bisquines are lugger-rigged fishing boats that were common in
French departments of Normandy and Brittany. The bisquines were often
considered carrying the most canvas among the fishing boats of France.
They were a fishing
craft for diverse kinds of fisheries like trawling for fish, oysters and
fishing with baited hooks. Of the boat La Perle a full size replica was built in 1986 in Cancale.
Dimensions : Hull length: 17.60 m Beam: 4.75 m Depth of
hull: 2.50 m
The complete information on “La Perle” can be found
in the book “La Bisquine de Cancale et de Granville” by Jean le Bot,
Editions des 4-Signeurs, Grenoble 1979, ISBN 2-85231-063-5. The fully detailed
plans for building the model are provided as an attachment to the book
at a 1 : 50 scale.
The bisquine model, photos, description and dimensions
Full building plans, instructions and scantlings for
this particular model can be found in the book by Jean le Bot (see
This model was built by Jan van den Heuvel, Philippine, Netherlands, in the years
2002 - 2004 with
great care of details. It was built in all of its interior and the
timberwork like a real
ship. The model is a true masterpiece, and photos of various stages in
construction are available.
The model is 1 : 20 scale. Length over all is 166 cm (bowsprit and
mainsail boom included), width is 23 cm, height is 109 cm (model stand
included) The ship can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.