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Soleil Royal Limited 32"
Ready for Immediate Display - Not a Model Ship kit
Historically accurate features bedeck these museum-quality Limited Edition scale replica tall ship models of the Soleil Royal, which are built with the finest craftsmanship and attention to detail. As the flagship of Admiral Tourville and one of the grandest warships in the fleet of King Louis XIV, this fighting tall ship of the line occupies a distinguished place in French naval history. Now her Limited Edition tall ships model may similarly occupy a proud position in your office, home or meeting room from which to display her exquisite beauty.
32" Long x 14" Wide x 28" High (1:75 scale)
- Built from scratch over hundreds of hours by master artisans
- Accurate scale replica tall ship models of the Soleil Royal
- Museum Quality features not available in other tall ship models under $3,000 or any kit
- Over 2,000 individual hull pieces, with more than 150 carved adornments
- Detailed scrollwork, carvings, beakhead and railed quarter balconies with hand-painting
- Historically correct sails
- Extensive rigging with hundreds of single, double and triple deadeyes
- Realistic lifeboats with oars and numerous other deck features
- Numerous additional deck details such as cannon balls, barrels, rope coils, cleats, etc.
- Individual wooden planks used in plank-on-frame hull construction
- High quality woods include walnut, cherry, birch, teak and rosewood
- Gun ports actually cut into the hull
- Amazing Details, including:
- Planked deck with nail holes
- Authentic scale lifeboats with oars
- Wooden staircases ascend aftcastle and forecastle
- Over 100 individual cannon arm the ship
- Solid brass cannon fire through actual gun ports
- Cannonball racks, buckets, barrels, rope coils and other nautical items adorn decks
- Lattice grates, rudder chains, wooden ladders and planked steps
- Four metal anchors on anchor-chains
- Masterfully stitched, heavy canvas sails hold shape and do not wrinkle
- Taut rigging with varied thread gauge and color
- Cloth flags fly from masts and rigging
- Limited production run only 25 of these model tall ships
- Certificate of Authenticity individually numbered and signed by HMS Founder and Master Builder Richard Norris
- Wooden display base features four arched dolphins
- Pictured with marble base (available for purchase)
- Extensive research of original plans, historical drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy
NOTE: There is an optional model of the Soleil Royal 32" available without sails for the same price. Simply note at the bottom of our checkout page that you would like the Soleil Royal 32" without sails.
"Our most detailed model"
Handpainted and historically accurate, this Soleil Royal has the most detail of any of our models. Own the finest ship in our fleet today!
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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.