History of the French Schooner Ship L'Etoile (The Star) The schooner L'ÉTOILE and her sister ship Belle Poule were built in the shipyard of Fécamp, France in 1932. Both the Étoile and the Belle Poule joined the Free French Forces during the Second World War, a deed for which they are still honoured by flying the French flag with the cross of Lorraine. They served as cod fishing vessels off the coast of Iceland until 1938. The season was approximately seven months. During this time the ships mostly operated in depression area with heavy weather. They were built accordingly, stout and sturdy, and for that reason were selected later on as navy training ships. Today French navy officers get their education on them.
A schooner is a type of sailing vessel characterized by the use of fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts with the forward mast being shorter or the same height as the rear masts. Schooners were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century, and further developed in North America from the early 18th century onwards. During the 16th to 18 centuries, the golden age of piracy, the schooner was a popular craft for pirates, as it could carry up to eight or more cannons. It was sleek and fast despite the fact it weighed around 100 tons. It had a crew of about 75.
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Etoile (L'Etoile), a famous French Schooner. Model is Copper Pinned Plank on Frame Model of Museum Quality
Length: 33" (85 cm)
Width: 9" (22 cm)
Height: 27" (70 cm)
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