118 Gun ship

Le Commerce de Marseille
By Master-shipwright  JN Sané

Monograph by Gérard DELACROIX

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First rate ships (also called three-deckers) from the late 18th Century have always been fascinating to the period ship enthusiasts.  Manned with more than a thousand sailors, these ships were fitted with 112 to 132 guns on 4 or even 5 levels.  As genuine floating fortresses, the three-deckers from this era will be some of the largest wooden ships ever built.  This monograph contains all the documentation needed to build “Le Commerce de Marseille”.  This ship was built in Toulon in 1788 from the draughts by master shipwright JN Sané.  This naval architecture genius is, with Borda, the author of the plans for the typical frigate, 74, 80 and 118 gun vessels.  These ships, built from these plans, will arm our navy in great numbers for several decades.The 34 large format plates (90 x 170 cm) included in this voluminous work contain all the drawings necessary to build an entirely framed model; should the modeler chooses to do so.  The set of plans also offers the opportunity to slightly modify the dispositions of the ship in order to build a “supposed” version of L’Orient which sunk during the battle of Nile in 1798.  As in previous works, the plates also show detailed drawings of all the fittings, masting and sails.

This set of plans is complemented by a 110 page booklet where the reader is given a short history of these vessels and their construction, a biography of JN Sané.  As well and as usual, the reader will find detailed explanations and comments about each and every plate.

Although an English translation of the text is available, the full original French version of this monograph (plans and booklet) must be ordered by following the link above.
The English text is now available in the form of a professionally printed booklet.
This booklet follows the format used in the French version.  Page numbering and text content are identical for easy reference as the two must be used simultaneously to view corresponding plan samples, images, etc…..  which have not been reproduce in the translated booklet. 

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This works includes 34 plates at 1:48 scale:

1) Definition of the hull
2) Vertical sections
3) Framing parts
4) Frames and riders
5) Frames and riders
7) Frames and riders
8) Aft and stern framing
9) Hawse timbers
10) Hull framing
11) Beakhead and stem
12) Planking below the waterline (quickwork)
13) Longitudinal view of the framing
14) Cross sections
15) The hold
16) The orlop deck
17) First deck

18) Second deck
19) Third deck
20) Forecastle and quarterdeck
21) Poop deck and disposition of L’Orient
22) Top view
23) Longitudinal layout
24) Equipment and fittings 1
25) Equipment and fittings 2
26) Equipment and fittings 3
27) Equipment and fittings 4
28) Great view of the fitted hull
29) Front and aft views
30) Masts and yards
31) Mast fittings and blocks
32) Sails (1:96 scale)
33) Belaying points
34) Great view; the ship under sails (1:72 scale)

Summary of the 110 page booklet: 

Preface by Jean Boudriot
First rate vessels (three-deckers) at the end of the 18th Century
The crew and supplies
Short history of the first 5 vessels
Jacques Noel Sané  1740 – 1831
Comments and explanations of all the plates
Metal work
Painting the vessel
Details on the tackles
Table of scantlings

The booklet and plates are presented under a hard cover 24 x 34 x 9 cm 
dressed with an illustrated jacket showing a three-decker under sails; original work by Jean Bellis.

The model’s dimensions (L x W x H) are as follow ( 1:48 scale):
Hull only: 1.60 m x 0.36 m x 0.43 m
Hull and masting: 2.07 m x 0.80 m x 1.50 m

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