The Ship of Paris

By H. S. Vaughan, published November 1925


The ship in many representations of the Arms of Paris illustrates phases of naval construction over many centuries. A less well known example is a bas-relief, probably from 1733, in the medieval Rue Saint-Martin district, currently threatened with redevelopment. The carving is described and illustrated with a sketch of a 17th century three masted square rigged ship with two tiers of gun ports sailing before the wind in a rough sea. Other representations of the arms referred to include the latest specimen set in the pavement before Notre Dame depicting a ship with a single mast and sail and those on little metal badges in the Cluny museum. The 1900 heraldic description in French of the Arms of Paris is quoted.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

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