Our book on the work of François-Edmond Pâris is now available! Our book “Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine” contains more than 90 plates from Souvenirs de marine. Collection de plans ou dessins de navires et de bateaux anciens ou modernes existants ou disparus avec les éléments numériques nécessaores à leur construction.
More than 130 ship plans are included ranging from ancient vessels to late 19th Century. There are warships, merchant vessels, fishing vessels, and small craft from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. The plates are indexed by plate number, illustrated vessel type, named vessel, and by country/region.
The book also includes an appendix “How to Read a Ship Plan” to help the novice understand the lines used to illustrate in two dimensions the shape of a three-dimensional ship.
The book is also available now on Kindle and should be available on Amazon sites worldwide within a week.
We owe much to French Admiral François-Edmond Pâris. His work recording the lines of ships both historical and contemporary (19th Century was contemporary for him) has left us with a volume of ships plans that is invaluable to the model shipwright.
Ships plans for La Couronne, a 17th Century French first rate warship come from Pâris’s Souvenirs de Marine Conservés, ou Collection de plans de navires de guerre et de commerce et de bateaux divers de tous les pays tracés par les constructeurs ou marins … recueillis et publiés par l’amiral Pâris.
La Couronne (French for “The Crown”) was commissioned into the French Navy in 1636. She was a war galleon built by the French as part of the effort by Cardinal-duc de Richelieu et de Fronsac, King Louis XIII’s chief minister, to ensure the French Navy was dominant on the seas.
Scrapped between 1643-1645, La Couronne’s lines were recorded in Hydrographie by military chaplain Georges Fournier in 1667, the source which Pâris uses for his reproduction.
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