The Belem , launched in 1896, is the last French three-masted ship , the oldest three-masted sailing ship ever sailed in Europe and the second largest sailing ship remaining in France. Built in Nantes, and used mostly in the Caribbean, this ancient cargo sailboat passed alternately by English, Italian and again French hands.
The Belem was motorized and renamed for various uses - luxury cruise and training ship - and was finally discovered by chance in Venice in a sorry state in the late 1970s by a nostalgic hobbyist.
Purchased with the support of a large French bank, which financed the foundation that began its restoration, the Belem training ship is now converted into cabotage: it offers initiation and discovery courses for enthusiasts, and is destined for the French Navy for the training of their cabin boys, appearing in addition in the great meetings of traditional sailboats.
El Belem was classified as a Historic Monument on February 27, 1984.
The wooden model of the Belem school ship , created by Artesanía Latina, has the formal accreditation of the Gallic foundation that bears the same name. The modelling kit for this marvel of a ship is made of wood, and also has numerous metal parts. In this sense, it has more than 1,300 pieces for advanced level modellers - prior to the expert - to enjoy assembling this model of the French sailboat.
The Belem boat kit has a laser cut board in different thicknesses, slats and rods of birch wood, linden veneer, chemical cuttings in steel and brass, castings, decals for the details of the hull such as depth marks or the name of the ship itself, cotton cloth sails ready to be placed, cotton thread for the manoeuvrer and a very important gift for display: the wooden base.
Likewise, you will be able to have a DVD with excellent step-by-step instructions thanks to its 1,500 colour images and video tutorials. The kit does not contain printed instructions.
When finished, the model is 806mm long, 256mm wide and 540mm high.
Worthy of note, the Belem has a spectacular bow winch, with great detail, and can be assembled with around 30 pieces ... Fall in love with this beautiful boat now!