The Soleil Royal was a magnificent warship that served as the flagship of the French Navy under King Louis XIV. Built in the late 17th century, this ship was known for its impressive size, speed, and firepower, and it played a significant role in many of the most important naval battles of its time. Today, the Soleil Royal is celebrated as one of the most iconic warships in history, and its legacy continues to inspire shipbuilders and enthusiasts around the world.
The museum-quality Soleil Royal model ship is a stunning replica of this legendary vessel. Expertly crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this wooden model captures the grandeur and beauty of the original ship, from its intricate rigging and towering masts to its ornate decorations and richly painted hull. Whether you are a history buff, a collector of nautical artifacts, or simply someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, this exquisite model ship is sure to impress and inspire. Display it in your office, home, or meeting room, and let the Soleil Royal’s timeless beauty transport you to a bygone era of adventure, exploration, and conquest.
You can also pick up display cabinets, making it easy to showcase this ship on grand display.
The French Le Soleil Royal was named in honour of the Sun King, Louis XIV. The Soleil Royal was one of the most powerful ships of her time. She was launched 1669 in Brest and carried 104 cannons. As flagship of the revitalized French Navy, brought into being by Minister of Marine Jean Baptiste Colbert, she was sumptuously decorated with wooden carvings, depicting a variety of motifs emblematic of the French monarch.
The taffrail was embellished with a rendering of the sun god drawn across the sky by a team of horses, while the ornate figurehead showed a seahorse flanked by winged maidens. In July 1690, at the battle of Beachy Head, admiral Tourville led the French fleet of 70 ships to a victory against the united English and Dutch fleet of 57 ships.
Two years later the situation was less favorable. On 20 May 1692, at the battles of Barfleur and La Hogue, a French fleet with only 44 ships met the English and Dutch with twice as many ships off Pointe de Barfleur. Some the French ships could escape but the Soleil Royal was so strongly damaged that she ran aground when trying to escape to Cherbourg.