The Model of La Légère in the Central Naval Museum, St Petersburg: Master Shipbuilder Blaise Pangalo in Peter the Great’s Shipyards

By Alexander Dobrenko and Ann Palmer, published February 2000


Among the ship models at the Central Naval Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the French frigate La Légère (1682). Its designer Blaise Pangalo, a French master shipwright for Louis XIV, was ‘released’ by the King for a year or so to work for the Russian Tsar Peter.  Ship models such as this are of immense historical value and a unique record of the development of warship design and construction. Various features of this model strongly indicate that it dates from the late seventeenth century and identifies the ship as Pangalo’s own design.

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Filed under: Baltic | Early Modern
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

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