HISTORY OF THE FRENCH TRAINING SHIP BELEM
The Belem, launched in 1896, is the last French three-masted ship, the oldest three-masted sailing ship in Europe and the second largest sailboat staying in France. Built in Nantes, and used more than anything in the Caribbean, this old cargo sailboat alternated by English, Italian and French hands again.
The Belem was motorized and renamed for various uses – luxury cruise ship and training ship – and was finally discovered by chance in Venice in a bad state of conservation in the late 1970s by a nostalgic fan. Purchased with the support of a large French bank, which financed the foundation that began its restoration, the Belem training ship is now reconverted into cabotage: it offers initiation and discovery courses for enthusiasts, and is intended for the French Navy for the training of its cabin boys, appearing in addition in the great meetings of traditional sailboats.
The Belem received the classification of Historical Monument on February 27, 1984.
CONTENTS OF THE BELEM SHIP MODEL KIT
The wooden model of the training ship Belem, created by Artesanía Latina, has the formal accreditation of the Belem Foundation. The model ship kit of this wonderful boat is made of wood, and it also has numerous parts of metal. The fact is it has more than 1,300 parts so that the advanced level modelers -after there is an expert level- can enjoy the assembly of this French sailboat model.
Definitely, Belem model ship kit contains the highest quality parts: laser-cut board with different thicknesses, birch wood strips and round dowels, linden veneer, chemical cuttings in steel and brass, die-cast, decals for the details of the hull as depth marks and the name of the ship, cotton sewn sails ready to be placed, cotton threads for the rigging and a very important bonus for you: a wooden exhibition base.
For its assembly, it brings a DVD for computer -PC & MAC- with optimal step-by-step instructions thanks to its 1,500 color images and its videotutorials. The kit does not include printed instructions. You can also download the digital instructions for free on the button of this product sheet called ‘Instructions and Downloadable Contents’.
Worthy of being highlighted, the Belem has a spectacular bow winch, with great details, and it can be assembled with around 30 parts… Fall in love with this beautiful boat! Once it is built, this faithful miniature replica of Belem measures 31.73” (806mm) length, 10.07” (256mm) width and 21.25” (540mm) height.