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Ship model French Chebec Le Requin of 1751


The French Chebec Le Requin of 1751


Ship name Le Requin
Scale 1 : 52
Length 111 cm
Width 28 cm
Height 86 cm
Material hull Wood
Photos 1 Total views
Photos 2 Views of details
Price sold
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The history of the chebec Le Requin

The commander of the Toulon dockyard in 1749 proposed to build four chebecs as an effective protection against the Barbary pirates. The corsairs primarily used fast and agile chebecs. The French navy's frigates and sloops-of-war proved ill-adapted to fight them. So it was decided to confront them with the same type of ships.

The chebecs were shallow-draught vessels built 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 the years 1750 and 1751 by Majorcan shipwrights at the Royal Dockyard in Toulon. She was launched on 14 March 1751. Her crew were 220 men, her armament were twenty-four 8-pdr-guns. Le Requin was to show excellent sailing qualities and served in the French navy until 1770.

A more detailed history, plans and photos of a contemporary model are shown in a book by Jean Boudriot. In May 2012 I saw the contemporary model on display in the Musée de la Marine in Paris.


The Le Requin model, photos, description and dimensions

This ship model was built to plans by Jean Boudriot.The sails are clewed like when the ship dropped anchor, before the sails were tightly furled. The model was made by a very experienced ship modeler who was well versed in carving and painting the decorations.  

There are more pictures, 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 of the Le Requin is a very rare, fine piece of work, a true masterpiece. It is 1 : 52 scale. Length is 111 cm, width 28 cm, height 86 cm.

There are two stands for the model. A larger one with decorative wooden intarsia, and a simpler one made from plum tree. Both can be used depending on taste and the furniture the model will be placed on.

The ship can be taken out of the stands, e.g. for transport.


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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