The Musée de la Marine in Port-Louis is an annex of the French national maritime museum. It is located in the citadel, the harbour castle. The museum's topics are naval technology and trade ships, on display with many ship models, some of them contemporary models of the famous 19th century ship plans drawn by Amiral Paris. Another section covers the history of sea rescue operations and technology.
The French East India Company (Compagnie des Indes) is displayed in a separate Musée de la Compagnie des Indes with many detailed models of the trade ships, paintings and trade objects, among them a very fine collection of ancient porcelain and sculptures.
When we visited the museums in September 2019 some of the ship models and other small exhibits were kept behind a poor glass with high reflection, especially the contemporary models of Amiral Paris studies of east Asian trade ships. Such models I have rarely seen, so I took pictures of some of them despite the dim light and the poor glass reflection.
There is more information on the museum website.
Exhibition pieces in Musée de la Marine:
Pictures of a 1838 coastal trader from Cochin on the Malabar Coast of India.
Pictures of a sea-going junk from the Yangtze river area, China, 19th century.
Model of a Japanese coastal trader from Kobe, 1868.
Photos of a model of a boat from Calicut on the Malabar Coast of India, 1838, with a sewn hull.
Photos of a 1830 coastal trader from Pondicherry on the Coromandel Coast of India.
Exhibition pieces in Musée de la Compagnie des Indes:
Photo gallery of a model of the Comte d'Artois, a trade ship of the East Asia Company of 1759. The model shows each deck in horizontal cuts.
Photo gallery of a model of the Le Massiac, a trade ship of the East Asia Company launched in Lorient in 1758.
Photos of a 1760 trade ship of East Asia Company (Compagnie des Indes), on return from a trip to China, interior shown in vertical cut.
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