Soleil Royal Ship Model
The Soleil Royal Measures 32" (long) x 14" (wide) x 28" (high).
The Soleil Royal is shipped fully assembled, ready to be displayed. This is one of the finest ship models available anywhere! Great Gift Item! The model ship sits perfectly on the included base, which is made of a high-quality, conditioned wood, and has a brass name plate. The Soleil Royal tall ship model is built from scratch by experienced master artisans and is not from any sort of kit. To create the subtle details and definitions of the deck and hull, the plank on frame method of construction is used, which requires hundreds of hours of pain-staking, detailed work.
The highest quality, rare woods (including Ebony, Rosewood, Blackwood, Mahogany, Jack wood, and Sycamore) used to construct our models are subjected to specific seasoning procedures to ensure that the model will withstand severe climate and never warp or split. Ornaments and decorations on this model (which may include cannons, portholes, anchors, muskets, and other details) are sculpted of brass, chrome, and other metals. Sails are handmade of fine linen and rigging lines vary in weight, thickness and color. The detailed, hand-stitched sails of the model ship are constructed of fine linen. The detailed riggings and lining are painstakingly fastened by hand and also made of linen.
Extensive research is required to build each model according to scale, using various pictures, original plans, drawings, and digital imaging. Each model ship is examined during various processes of manufacturing and shipment to ensure the highest quality and accuracy possible for your investment.
The Soleil Royal, or the “Royal Sun,” was a French 104 gun ship of the French Armada, and was the flagship of Admiral Tourville. The Soleil Royal was built in Brest and finished in 1671 by Laurent Hubac, and immediately commissioned to be the flagship of the Squadron of the Ponat. Said to be a good sailing ship, the decorations adorning the Soleil Royal were among the most elaborate and beautiful of all flagships of the baroque era. The “sun” emblem was chosen by King Louis XIV as his own personal icon.
In 1692 the Soleil Royal led a 45 vessel fleet and met a 97 ship strong English and Dutch armada in the Battle of Barfleur. Despite being sorely outnumbered, the French attacked, decimating enemy lines and forcing enemy ships to flee.
After the victory, the Soleil Royal was put into port in Cherbourg for repairs. During the night of June 2, 1692, English and Dutch fireships set the stern of the Soleil Royal on fire. The blazing inferno soon reached the powder rooms and the Soleil Royal, Flagship of the French Armada, burst into the night sky. There were virtually no survivors left during the massacre. What’s left of the Soleil Royal’s remains now lay buried under a parking spot next to the Arsenal. Soleil Royal (Royal Sun) was a French 104-gun ship of the line, flagship of Admiral Tourville. She was built in Brest between 1669 and 1670 by engineer Laurent Hubac, was launched in 1670, and stayed unused in Brest harbour for years. She was recommissioned with 112 guns and 1200 men when the War of the Grand Alliance broke out in 1688 as the flagship of the escadre du Ponant (squadron of the Ponant). She was said to be a good sailing ship and her decorations were amongst the most beautiful and elaborate of all baroque flagships.
The emblem of the "sun" had been chosen by Louis XIV as his personal symbol. Battle of Bévezier Soleil Royal was recommissioned with 112 guns and 1200 men when the War of the Grand Alliance broke out. She departed Brest on 22 June 1690 as flagship of Anne Hilarion de Tourville. She spent three days in Camaret-sur-Mer waiting for favourable wind before sailing to Isle of Wight where the English fleet was though to be anchored. Two ships sent in reconnaissance located the English anchored at Beachy Head.
The Battle of Beachy Head (know in french as "Bataille de Béveziers") began in the morning of the July 10, 1690 when the French surprised the English ships anchored. Soleil Royal led the centre of the French formation. Battle of Barfleur In 1692, on the 12 May, she left Brest, leading a 45-vessel fleet; on the 29th, the squadron met a 97-ship strong English and Dutch fleet in the
Battle of Barfleur. In spite of their numerical inferiority, the French attacked, forcing enemy ships to flee with significant losses. After the tactical victory, the Soleil Royal was too severely damaged to return to Brest, and was beached in Cherbourg for repairs, along with the Admirable and Triomphant. Battle of La Hougue and the end of the Soleil Royal During the night of the 2nd and 3rd of June, at the Pointe du Hommet, she was attacked by 17 ships, which she managed to repel with artillery fire. However, a fireship set her stern on fire and the fire soon reached the powder rooms. Although the population of Cherbourg came to rescue, there was only one survivor among the 883 (or even 950)-strong crew. The remains of the Soleil Royal now lie buried beneath a parking space next to the Arsenal.