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You are a star! Fantastic! It just looked so good. I couldn't believe
just how good when I saw the ship models on Saturday! Anyway..who's to
say she wasn't copper bottomed when re-fitted at some point!!!
Very kindest regards, (UK Buyer - Custom Built Model of the Superbe).
Thank you so very much for the amazing model! When I came
round to the showroom a few weeks ago, I was astonished by the quality
of the ships on display and couldn't help wondering and getting quite
excited about the ship model I had ordered. I have to say I was
stunned when I saw it, not only by the size but the quality! Thank you
so much for not only providing a truly first class Ship, but also the
very friendly and helpful service. I could not recommend you highly
enough. I hope you have an excellent Boat Show, and look forward to
seeing you on your return. I got her home safe and sound and she is now
sitting on my table in the front room. I spent all the journey home
just looking at it!!! Every time I pass by on the way to the Kitchen, I
just stop and look (WOW!!). Very Kindest Regards and best wishes to you all, (UK Buyer).
The Superbe was originally built in Toulon,
France in 1671 by the top ship builders of the time. This vessel was part of
Louis XIV’s goal to expand the French Navy. When this ship was being
constructed in France, the job attracted ship builders from Spain, Holland,
Malta and elsewhere in Europe. Premier Ship Models offers model ships that are
a work of art and stunning sculpture.
When the ship was originally constructed in
1671, it was at the cutting edge of the technology of the day and built to
last. The ship weighed in at 1300 tons and contained 76 guns on two decks and
three masts. The ship was designed with supreme maneuverability and required
700 men to run it smoothly. Unfortunately, the vessel sunk in a storm in 1795.
Our Superbe models are hand crafted down to
the smallest detail. They are available ready made in our gold and platinum
ranges. These complete ships are designed to be able to remove from boxes and
place them on display immediately. In addition, we have an outstanding quality
model Superbe ship that is perfect for a hobbyist interested in recreating this
well known vessel.
Browse our website to see the quality of the
Superbe in a finished product and the model kit. We have included detailed
descriptions, product specifications and the dimensions of each of our ships.
You can place your order online for outstanding quality service and fast
shipping of our high quality models or model ship kits.
History of the Superbe:
The French began to build their fleet of the ships of the line
after Louis XIV took effective power in 1661. His great minister
Colbert was in control of the Navy from 1663. In order to rebuild the
fleet, Colbert used the resources of Europe. He attracted shipwrights
from Malta, Barcelona, Holland, and other shipbuilding centres. Great
shipwrights such as Anthony Deane of England were used as occasional
A few large ships were built at Brest and
Rochefort in the early 1660s, but the first real class of French ships
of the line consisted of seven vessels built in Holland in 1666.
The process of expansion continued, culminating with ships such as the
Superbe of 1671, registered at 1,300 tons and carrying up to 76 guns on
Colbert created his first regulations dividing the fleet into
Rates. The First Rate comprised the three-deckers, from 80 guns
upwards. It contained the sub-division known as the “premier rang
extraordinaire” , included such vessels as the
and the Soleil Royale.
Three masted, with two decks, seventy-six guns, and extreme
manoeuvrability won the Superbe a lot of admirers, including the
English. On the Superbe, Pepys commented, with some exaggeration, “She
was forty feet broad, carried seventy-four guns and six months
provision”. Her architect was the famous Jacques Noel Sane, requiring
seven hundred men for the smooth running of the vessel.
The influence of the French Court on the arts during the reign of
Louis XIV in the seventeenth century was considerable, but there was
little similarity between the decorations of the French and British
ships; of all the national styles, they were the least alike. One
noteworthy exception was the practice of fitting open galleries or
balconies, where the English followed the French.
In 1672, the eminent shipwright Anthony Deane was directed by
Charles II to build his new ships along the lines of the Superbe, which
had open galleries. They first appeared in 1673, and became
increasingly common in English ships, and indeed in other nations
Le Superbe joined Admiral Villaret de Joyeuse’s fleet. It was a period of great fights against the British fleet.
Le Superbe came to a tragic end being sunk in a storm in 1795. It was a
masterful piece of art and beautiful sculpture that sank to the bottom
of the ocean.
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