Some Ship Models at Bordeaux
The ship models in the Bordeaux Musée d’Armes are discussed. The nucleus of the collection consists of 33 models poorly presented and with little or no documentation. Several are described individually, including a 17th century Danish frigate Hecla, a larger rigged model carrying the name Heros but otherwise undocumented, the 500 ton barque Assomption of 1862 and the largest model, the 74 gun Le Conquerant of 1780. Further models include an excellent rigged model of the 18th century frigate Fraternite and a collection showing a number of local types of transport (gabarre) and fishing boats. A number of objects and documents in the nearby Musée Bonie are briefly described.