Length 127 cm, width 35 cm, height 75
More photos: several pictures of the model. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!
The French corvette LE SPHINX became known for three occurrences: she was the first steam ship of the Marine Royale, whose machines worked satisfyingly; on 9 July 1830 she brought the news of the conquest of Algiers on 5 July to Toulon; and in 1833 she pulled the LUXOR from Alexandria to Cherbourg. The LUXOR was loaded with the obelisk that was set up at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
The SPHINX was launched in Rochefort on 3 August 1828. Built to plans of engineer Hubert, her length was 46.25 m, width board to board was 8.15 m and width including the paddle wheels was 14 m. The wheels were 5.94 m in diameter and had 16 paddles each. The ship could run at a maximum speed of 9 knots. The steam engine had been bought from Fawcett in Liverpool. On 6 July 1845, fifteen years after the conquest of Algeria, the SPHINX ran aground in fog off Cap Matifou and was lost.
In the Musée de la Marine in Paris there is a contemporary ship model of the LE SPHINX in 1: 40 scale.
The ship model was made in the 1960s. Length is 127 cm, width 35 cm and height 75 cm. It is one of the eight ship models we delivered to the Morada Seaside Resort at Kuehlungsborn near Rostock on the Baltic coast. It is a beautiful hotel directly at the Baltic Sea beach, and our models are on display in the passage to the restaurant.
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There are several pictures of the model.