In all four ships have carried the name Soleil Royale but only the second ever won renown. She was launched from Brest in the late 1600s and took part in the battle of Barfleur, however she would have been remembered for her beauty alone the design and ornamentation were of such extravagance to have won a place in naval history.
The Soleil Royale (Royal Sun) was a French 104-gun ship of the line, flagship of Admiral Tourville.
She was built in Brest between 1669 and 1671 by engineer Laurent Hubac, and commissioned as the flagship of the escadre du Ponant (squadron of the Ponant).
She was said to be a very good sailing ship and her decorations were amongst the most beautiful and elaborate of all baroque flagships. The emblem of the "sun" had been chosen by Louis XIV as his personal symbol.
The battle of Barfleur began on 19th May 1692 and lasted for almost two days. Having been badly damaged she disengaged together with three others and was sytematically destroyed by cannon shot and fire by the Anglo/Dutch fleet. It was reported that her destroyers were ashamed to be a part of her destruction.
The Sergal Kit of the Soleil Royale Features: A double plank on frame hull construction, building plans with general details, English instructions, lost wax brass castings, wooden masts and spars, brass and walnut fittings, etched brass details, rigging cord and silk flags. All sheet ply sections are laser cut for accuracy.
Overall Length: 1030mm
Overall Width: 440mm
Length of Hull: 770mm
Width of Hull: 200mm