Three masted French barque
French training ship
Numbered model – delivered with a certificate of authenticity
The Belem was ordered on December 23, 1895 by Denis CROUAN et fils at the Nantes DUBIGEON shipyard. Launched on JUNE 10, 1896, it was intended for trade with the West Indies and for a long time transported cocoa powder for the MEUNIER chocolate factory.
Built all steel, it measured 58 meters overall, was equipped with a 1200 m2 sail area, and was managed by 16 crew members. Sold in 1914 to the Duke of Westminster, it underwent various transformations, was resold and renamed FANTOM II and Giorgio Cini. The Caisse d’Epargne bought it from the Italians in 1977 and donated it to the BELEM Foundation which transformed it into a training boat. Currently based in Nantes, its home port.
For the pleasure to smell the smell of the liquid bees-wax, a light pasage annual on the wood; for the dust removal, if you possess one sandbank – hairdryer ( cold air) biweekly will be completed. If, unfortunately, you broke sometimes something on your model, to contacted the Association of close Designer from your home.