L’INVENTION Four-masted privateer -1799

L'Invention  Four-masted privateer 1799-1810.

All the drawings necessary to make a fully-framed model

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AVAILABLE on 10/12/2022 in French or English.

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Author : GÉRARD DELACROIX Translated by Dr. Anthony Klouda

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Privateers, contrary to pirates, were entirely legal. They generally used old merchant vessels, but some of the ships used were built specially to chase and capture.

During the Napoleonic wars (1793-1815) about 2,900 French privateer ships were used on the world’s seas.

During this period, and under pressure from English cruisers which were strangling French maritime commerce, entrepreneurs constructed and armed numerous privateer ships specially built for this purpose.

Simple in concept, these ships were rapid and highly manoeuvrable for their effectiveness, even though they were economically built. The only end of the owners being their profitability, the construction of the privateers was lightly executed at minimum cost.

The formula proved to be effective as English commerce and that of its allies was sorely tried by the war of intense competition at that time.

L’Invention, made in Bordeaux in 1799/1800, is one of these ships — but innovatively designed for the period, having a hull with narrow lines and unique four masted rigging. It was a precursor well in advance of the clippers which were to come some decades later.

Despite a short career as a privateer, it had the advantage of being built for the chase while adopting exceptional technical solutions.

The monograph comprises all the drawings necessary for a framed model as all the parts are illustrated and commented on. A range of technical notes and the detailed description of the rigging for a four-master complete the set of plans.

A monograph in a cloth slipcase and a cover painting by Jean Bellis, including an explanatory booklet of 130 pages with a set of 34 plans to a scale of 1:48 detailing its construction and rigging.

General background of privateering

- Privateering ships - Some plans of the Bordeaux privateers

Reconstitution of L’Invention :
- Masting
- The question of oars
- The deck
- The hull

History of L’Invention
Monograph 1:48
- Commentary on the plans
- Details of metal parts
- Painting
- Note on the guns
- Timber dimensions
- Description of the rigging
- Masts
- Yards
- Sails

The plans in the monograph are at a scale of 1:48:

1 – Schematic sheer plan.

2 – Body plans (Transverse sections)

3 – Half breadth plans (Horizontal sections)

4 – Parts of the axial framework

5, 6 &7 – Drawings of the frames

8 – Hawse timbers

9 – Rear framework and quarter badge construction

10 – Sheer view of the framework

11 – Hull planking Part 1 and hold ceiling planking

12 – Hull planking Part 2

13 – Construction of the head and beakhead

14 – Longitudinal cross-section of the framework

15 – Hold fittings

16 – Orlop deck structure

17 – Orlop deck fittings

18 – Main deck structure

19 – View from above the fitted deck

20 – Longitudinal section with fittings

21 – Cross-sections

22 – Fittings, Part 1

23 – Fittings, Part 2

24 – Copper cladding

25 – Overall side view of the hull

26 – Front and rear views

27 – Masting

28 – Mast fittings

29 – Mast fittings and blocks

30 – Sails

31 – Standing rigging (without sails)

32 – Rigging for the longitudinal sails

33 – L’Invention under sail

34 – Belaying plan






Author : GÉRARD DELACROIX Translated by Dr. Anthony Klouda


Size of the model
Scale of the model : 48
Length With Height
Hull 103 20 18
Model rigged 135 44 87



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L’INVENTION Four-masted privateer -1799

L’INVENTION Four-masted privateer -1799

L'Invention  Four-masted privateer 1799-1810.

All the drawings necessary to make a fully-framed model

Subscription at €147 in 2022 then €155 in 2023

AVAILABLE on 10/12/2022 in French or English.

Write a review