The France II was a French sailing ship and the second one of that name. She was the second largest commercial merchant sailing ship ever built. This model ship is entirely handmade by skilled and experienced craftsmen, using the plank on frame construction method. This France II model ships are build according to scale through original plans, drawings and paintings as well as actual photographs ensures the highest possible accuracy.
France II – the second largest commercial merchant sailing ship ever built. Built in 1911 at the yards (“Chantiers et Ateliers de la Gironde”) located on the banks of the river Garonne in Bordeaux to the plans of chief designer Gustave Leverne (1861–1940) for the nickel ore trade and was owned by the “Société Anonyme des Navires Mixtes (Prentout-Leblond, Leroux & Cie.)”.
The vessel had some wooden components built in, including wooden deck covering, a beautiful lounge equipped with a piano and precious furniture, seven luxury passenger cabins, a library, a darkroom, and seawater therapy equipment. She could take passengers in luxury accommodation in addition to carrying cargo, making her one of the most elegant sailing cargo carriers.
She was the largest sailing ship ever built around the time of construction and was destined for the nickel ore trade. Her crew consisted of: captain; second captain; a naval officer (vice-captain); first, second and third mates; and 40 seamen, which increased to 45 in 1919. France II was one of the most elegant sailing cargo carriers, offering passengers luxury accommodation alongside the standard on board storage capacity. The ship featured seven luxury passenger cabins, a library, a darkroom and even seawater therapy treatment.
Sadly, the glorious years of France II were short-lived and, in 1922, she went aground on the Teremba reef, near New Caledonia in the Caribbean. She was salvageable but, due to fallen cargo rates, her owner decided against paying her tow fee. Additionally, what was left of the ship was completely demolished after American bombers used the wreckage for target practice in 1944.
This model is specially hand built from scratch, using the ‘plank on frame’ construction method, just like the way the real France II ship was built. At museum quality, a skillful craftsman expends hundreds of hours to complete this model through intensive research of scale and details of the original ship plans and pictures to ensure the highest possible accuracy.
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