Ship model La Perle, a bisquine of Cancale of 1905


Ship model La Perle, a bisquine of Cancale of 1905



Scale 1 : 20, length 166 cm, width 23 cm, height 109 cm (including stand)
More photos: of entire ship, of details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!



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 above).


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.

There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging. Click images to enlarge!


This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data are shown in the 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.



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