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                                       BUCENTAURE


 

 

Bucentaure was an 80-gun ship of the line of the French Navy, and the lead ship of her class.  She was the flagship of Vice-Admiral Latouche Tréville, who died on board on 18 August 1804.

At the Battle of Trafalgar, on 21 October 1805, Admiral Nelson's HMS Victory broke the French line just astern of Bucentaure and just ahead of Redoutable. Victory raked her less protected stern and the vessel lost 197 men and 85 were wounded (including Captain Magendie).  Admiral Villeneuve survive, but Bucentaure was unable to fight effectively anymore.  After three hours, she surrendered to HMS Conqueror.

Villeneuve is supposed to have asked to whom he was surrendering. On being told it was Captain Pellew, he replied, 'There is no shame in surrendering to the gallant Sir Edward Pellew.'  When he was informed that the Conqueror's captain (Israel Pellew) was Sir Edward's brother, he said, 'England is fortunate to have two such brothers.'

In the following days, Bucentaure's crew rose up against the British prize crew, and recaptured the ship.  However, she was wrecked in the gale-force storm of 23 October 1805.

 
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Like all tall ship model ships, this Bucentaure model features:

  • Scratch-built

  • Double plank-on-frame (very important)

  • All parts are wooden or metal

  • Guns: Metal barrels on wooden carriages

  • Guns on real deck (not fake plugged-in guns)

 38" T x 29" T x 11" W.    This model was a special commission from a collector of Battle of Trafalgar models.   It was completed in June 2014. 

To commission one, please click here: "I want this model ship"

And please click on the blue wordings to check out our beautiful Redoutable model, HMS Victory mode, as well as Belle Poule model that brought emperor Napoleon's remains back to France in 1840. 

                                                                                                                    

"Models arrived monday afternoon 16th what good service. Unpacked and in position they are an asset to the collection and most of all a credit to you and your craftsmen.  Contact you soon re further work.   Kind regards Ken B."                             

"Please advise a price and manufacturing time for the following ships.   HMS NEPTUNE 1797 and HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN 1786. both 1: 90 scale.   Regards Ken"