Artesania Latina 22519 French Training Ship Belem Wooden Kit 1/75
Build the wooden model of the Belem, the French training ship of 1896
Once finished, the model is 31 47/64’’ long, 10 5/64’’ wide and 21 17/64’’ high
The Belem, launched in 1896, is the last French three-masted ship, the oldest three-masted sailing ship in Europe and the second largest sailboat staying in France. Built in Nantes, and used more than anything in the Caribbean, this old cargo sailboat alternated by English, Italian and French hands again. The Belem was motorized and renamed for various uses - luxury cruise ship and training ship - and was finally discovered by chance in Venice in a bad state of conservation in the late 1970s by a nostalgic fan. Purchased with the support of a large French bank, which financed the foundation that began its restoration, the Belem training ship is now reconverted into cabotage: it offers initiation and discovery courses for enthusiasts, and is intended for the French Navy for the training of his cabin boys, appearing in addition in the great meetings of traditional sailboats. The Belem received the classification of Historical Monument on February 27, 1984.