PLEASURE CORVETTE L'AURORE By Nicolas Ozanne 1766-1777 MONOGRAPH with sixteen plates at 1:36 scale and one at 1:48 scale
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Our collection is now richer by one more work. It happens that the title "L'Aurore" is already used for the monograph of a slave ship whose deceptive name ("The Dawn") masked her sinister activities. This other Aurore, that Gérard Delacroix was kind enough to call a" pleasure sloop-of-war", bears an appropriate name. The fact that it evokes daybreak is justified as it refers to the first successes in calculating longitude thanks to the use of clocks or time-keepers, as chronometers were originally called.
Like its predecessors, this monograph comprises two inseparable aspects. The first aspect, properly developed, presents the historical context of the ship which justifies and valorizes the second aspect, the ship itself, which is the subject of the monograph. With the building of a ship's model, the topic took on greater importance. The Aurore monograph provides us with an excellent historical case of how the marquis de Courtanvaux decided to prepare and finance a cruise so as to experiment with naval clocks intended to determine longitude. For that kind of cruise, a sloop-of-the-war was built in Le Havre on a private building site. After this presentation, Gérard Delacroix describes the 1767 voyage, including long excerpts from the book published in 1767, that gave a detailed account of that voyage. This historical context is completed by documents (manuscripts from the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève), the importance of armament in 1767; and especially the detailed list of the sloop-of-the-war's contents when she was handed over to the King in 1769.
The ship's model that was built just after the cruise is the main topic of the monograph. It is preserved in the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève. The modest dimensions of the Aurore made it possible to use 1:12 scale for that model. The interest of this ship model is exceptional as a civil ship is very rare in our collections, especially at that time. The large scale allowed the smallest details to be shown, and the model is surprisingly realistic. The fact that this ship model was built by professionals who were on the voyage gives it an absolutely authentic value. However, one wishes that a few elements (such as boats and guns) would not have disappeared . Ship's model builders being practical-minded, they will certainly appreciate the numerous details and there is much to be learned from the abundant illustrations. This sloop-of-the-war was actually conceived as a small yacht. Its decoration is very stylish and even the accommodations were arranged in an originalfashion. The scientists were able to work in a very refined-even luxurious-setting. Nearly one hundred plates allow the viewer to judge the smallest details, such as the very well-made carved patterns. Gérard Delacroix's commentaries give the necessary explanations for the seventeen plates at 1:36 scale. There is a detailed description of rigging, and various notes constituting the "building file" that will not disappoint amateurs nor the most demanding ship's model builders.
To match our usual presentation : 24 x 31cm format, full grey-blue cloth strong binding,
laminated inside dust jacket.
132-p. square spine pasted and sewn booklet, Sirène 120 gr. offset paper,
with numerous illustrations 102 photographs with commentaries
(including 29 color photos, 16 plates at 1:36 scale and 1 plate at 1:48 scale).
132 p. booklet, 24x31cm format, including:
A preface by Jean Boudriot
History of the sloop-of-the-war
Longitude and naval clocks
The Marquis de Courtanvaux
The voyage of the AURORE from May 21 to August 28, 1767
Various documents related to the AURORE (sale to the King, list of the ship's contents, the role of the crew)
Presentation of the model
Below deck accommodations
Detailed photos of the ship model (39 photos with commentaries)
Commentary and explanation of the plates (reduced to 1:72 scale)
Description of rigging (13 pages devoted to the characteristics and the outline of all elements of fixed and running rigging).
Detailed photos of rigging (37 photos with commentary).
A total of 111 photos (29 color photos) and annotated documents.
( a drawing of the framework is not included)
1 - Definition of the volumes of the hull
1 bis - The sizes of the body plans
2 - Building the stern
3 - Building the head
4 - Building decks
5 - Cross-sections
6 - View of the internal side and longitudinal section
7 - Building breastworks, helm and boats
8 - Details of fitting
9 - Full view
10 - Views of stern and bow
11- Over view
12 - Masts and yards
13- Masting accessories
14/15. Sails, flags and pendants. Awnings
16 - Large view under sail
Plate at 1:48 scale
17 - Definition of the hull and size of body plans
Photos du modèle de M. Mallet Hubert (Photographe : Olivier Gatine)
Author : Gérard DELACROIX
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