The history of the chebec Le Requin
In 1749 a proposal was made by the commander of the Toulon
dockyard to build four chebecs as an effective protection against the Barbary
pirates. The corsairs primarily relied on fast and agile chebecs, while the
frigates and sloops-of-war of the French navy proved ill-adapted to fight
them. So it was logical to confront them with the same type of ships.
The chebec Le Requin was built in 1750 - 1751 by Majorcan shipwrights at the Royal Dockyard in Toulon for the French navy. She was launched on 14 March 1751. Her crew were 220 men, her armament were twenty-four 8-pdr-guns. She was to show excellent sailing qualities and served in the French navy until 1770.
The Le Requin model, photos, description and dimensions
The ship model was built to plans by Jean Boudriot with sails and the starboard side of the hull only partly planked, like the contemporary model in the Musée de la Marine.
All colours of the model were achieved by using different rare hardwoods. Hull, yards and masts and the boat were made of ebony and Australian pink ivory wood. The wood carvings at the stern are box wood. The stern ornaments at port and starboard are made of silver. The stand is made of black Swedish granite.
At the main mast the ensign of the French navy at that time, a plain white flag, is flowing as a pennant.
This model of the Le Requin is a very beautiful,
very fine piece of work. The detailing the lateen rigging has been carried
out expertly. It clearly shows the elegance
of the hull layout.
The ship model is 1 : 48 scale. Length is 126 cm, width 23 cm, height 90 cm.