Astrolabe Ship Model (1811 France) | Medium Scale

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Astrolabe Ship Model (1811 France) | Medium Scale

Overall size: 75 cm (L) x 57 cm (H)

SKU: 39

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Overall dimensions:

Length: 29.5" (75 cm)
Width: 9.5" (24 cm)
Height: 22" (57 cm)

A scale model boat of the French ship Astrolabe.

  • Handmade model wooden ship for sale.

  • The scale model boat is supported by a solid wooden stand.

  • The model ship is sold fully assembled and ready for display.

  • Not a kit.

  • Dispatched from Bristol or Click & Collect.

Models are shipped via DHL and shipping costs are as follows:

UK mainland and Northern Ireland @ £10.50
The Scottish Highlands & Channel Islands @ £35.10
The USA @ £227.00

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Shipping cost doesn't include customs clearance, import taxes, duty or VAT. The buyer will be liable for payment of all import charges applicable in their respective country. Each country has a different tax rate. We advise buyers to check their government website for further information.

There are no extra charges to be paid for deliveries to Northern Ireland.

The French ship Astrolabe was a naval vessel that was launched in 1811. It was named after an instrument used for navigation and was initially intended for scientific exploration. The Astrolabe was commanded by Jean-Baptiste Boulard, a respected naval officer who had been involved in numerous expeditions.

In 1817, the Astrolabe was selected to join an expedition to the South Pacific, led by French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville. The purpose of the expedition was to explore the region and gather scientific data.

During the course of the expedition, the Astrolabe visited several islands, including the Solomon Islands and the Society Islands. The crew also conducted scientific experiments, collected plant and animal specimens, and produced detailed maps of the region.

However, the expedition was not without its challenges. The Astrolabe encountered a number of storms and navigational hazards, and the crew faced bouts of illness and other difficulties. In 1828, during a return journey from South America, the Astrolabe was wrecked on the coast of Uruguay. Most of the crew survived, but the ship was lost.

Despite its untimely end, the Astrolabe is remembered for its role in early scientific exploration and its contribution to our understanding of the South Pacific region. Today, replicas of the Astrolabe can be found in museums and private collections around the world, serving as a reminder of the ship's legacy and the important work that was accomplished during its brief but eventful life.

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