Monograph - The Saint-Philippe -1693
Catalogue # PHILA (for the English, 1:48 complete edition)
Available from Ancre from €225,00 (scale drawing size dependent)
The Saint Philippe was a First Rank ship of the line of the French Royal Navy, the second vessel in the two-ship Tonnant Class (her sister being the Tonnant). This ship was ordered in late 1692 to be built at Toulon Dockyard, and on 20 January 1693 she was allotted the name Saint Philippe, taking the name of a ship lost in the Action at La Hogue in June 1692. The designer and builder of both ships was François Coulomb, and they represented an enlargement of his design of 1691 for the Sceptre, with an extra pair of guns (and gun ports) added on each level. They were three-decker ships without forecastles. The Saint Philippe was launched on October 1693 and completed in December of the same year. She was initially armed with 90 guns, comprising twenty-eight 36-pounders on the lower deck, thirty 18-pounders on the middle deck, twenty-six 12-pounders on the upper deck, and six 6-pounders on the quarterdeck. The Saint Philippe was rebuilt at Toulon from February 1699 to 1700; she took part in the Battle of Vélez-Málaga on 24 August 1703. In July 1707 - during the siege of Toulon - she and her sister were undergoing a refit in the basin of Le Mourillon and avoided the scuttling order which affected most other French ships at Toulon; they were sailed to counter the British attack, and subsequently were used as floating batteries. The Saint Philippe was condemned at Toulon on 18 August 1714 and was subsequently taken to pieces.
The Saint-Philippe – 1693 is the very latest monograph from Ancre, having only been released a few months ago. I’ve seen numerous Monographs over the years, being lucky enough to thumb through them and be astounded at the levels of detail within. For me, this is the very first time that I’ve actually owned one, with this being sent by Ancre for review here on Model Ship World. It’s been a few weeks since I received this, along with a couple of other titles that I’ll be publishing articles for here in the upcoming weeks.
Be in no doubt, this Monograph is heavy. The website itself tells you that it weighs around 4.5kg (almost 10lbs, for our imperial users), and it arrived by courier in a superbly packed and padded box, along with the other titles. Saint-Philippe itself is also has a clear film wrap that needs to be removed before we can explore further. Written by Jean-Claude Lemineur and translated by François Fougerat, this set is presented in a large presentation semi-slip case that opens out totally to reveal the contents within. The slip itself is jacketed like a conventional book, with a beautiful photograph of José Tuset’s completed model on the cover.
General statistics for this Monograph are:
220-page brochure containing the source, the history and reduced-scale plates with commentaries
16 page full-color booklet showing details of admiralty-style rigged models
45 large format plates showing the full description of the vessel. (The sails and The Saint-Philippe under sail 1/96)
Chapter 1 - Presentation of sources
1.1 Data defining the general architecture and construction elements
1.2 Elements of decoration
1.3 Colors used in the days of the Saint-Philippe
1.4 Discussion about the theme of the decoration
1.5 Origins of vessels of the class of the Saint-Philippe
1.6 State of the Navy after 1692.
Chapter II - Flag-carrying vessels
2.1 Saint-Philippe, 1662 – 1692
2.2 Royal Louis 1668 – 1697
2.3 Soleil Royal 1669 – 1692.
Chapter III- The Coulombs, father and son and the Toulon naval constructions.
Chapter IV- Evolution of bronze guns casting.
Chapter V- Summary of the Saint-Philippe’s operational career.
Chapter VI- Description of the timber structure.
Construction of the vessel accompanied by 31 reduced scale plates.
Chapter VII- Drawings and commentaries of the plates.
Chapter VIII- Commentaries on photographs of models.
Hull L: 86cm, W: 24cm, H: 32cm
Fully Rigged L: 105cm, W: 42cm, H: 90cm
Hull L: 129cm, W: 36cm, H: 48cm
Fully Rigged L: 158cm, W: 63cm, W: 135cm
Hull L: 171cm, W: 48cm, H: 63cm
Fully Rigged L: 210cm, W: 84cm, H: 180cm
Pl.1 Schematic elevation of the vessel
Pl.2 Schematic plan
Pl.3 Body plan
Pl.4 Construction of the head
Pl.5 Construction of the stern-frame
Pl.6 to Pl.14 Profile of the frames.
Pl.15 Elevation of the timber framing
Pl.16 Longitudinal section without furniture
Pl.17 Longitudinal section including furniture
Pl.18 Cross-section of the stern at station frame VI aft
Pl.19 Cross-sections at station frames V aft to III aft
Pl.20 Cross-sections at frames II aft to the main middle mould
Pl.21 Cross-sections from the main middle mould to frame II forward
Pl.22 Cross-sections from frame III to V forward
Pl.23 Plan of the hold
Pl.24 Arrangements in the hold and orlop deck
Pl.25 Plan of the first deck timber structure
Pl.26 Plan of the first deck including furniture
Pl.27 Plan of the second deck timber structure
Pl.28 Plan of the second deck including furniture
Pl.29 Plan of the third deck timber structure
Pl.30 Plan of the third deck including furniture
Pl.31 Plan of the quarterdeck timber structure
Pl.32 Plan of the quarterdeck accommodations and poop deck timber structure
Pl.33 Elevation view of the planked hull
Pl.34 Elevation view of the decorated hull
Pl.35 Structure of the stern and quarter-galleries
Pl.36 Decoration of the stern and head
Pl.37 Furniture I - Anchors - artillery - galley
Pl.38 Furniture II - Rudder - capstan - bitts
Pl.39 Furniture III - hatches - longboat - boats
Pl.40 Decoration and furnishings of the accommodations
Pl.41 Mainmast spars
Pl.42 Foremast spars
Pl.43 Mizzenmast and bowsprit spars
Pl.44 Sails (1/96 scale)
Pl.45 The St-Philippe under sail (1/96 scale)
Translated by François Fougerat
Model under sail by José Tuset
Michel Magerotte's single shell model
Plate Images (very small sample)
Images from colour brochure, of completed model
I’m still getting to grips with actually owning something as beautifully presented and comprehensive as this publication for the Saint-Philippe. It really is a masterpiece in its own right, and you’ll need some considerable shelf space to store it. The book is a beautifully printed perfect-boundpublication with high quality finish paper. As Ancre themselves say, “The rare nature of studies dedicated to Louis XIV’s navy, the prestige surrounding the vessel under study, the abundance of pictorial information and the rich nature of the numerous commentaries makes this monograph a matchless trove”,and that really can’t be doubted whatsoever. This is an epic release, and if you like the large, triple gun deck ships, then this should have a place on your shelf, even if it’s only to pour over the sheer wealth of detail that has been put together by its author. Working with the plans will be a delight as the drawings are all fine line, ensuring the correct size of parts when you measure up against them. They are also all very neatly folded, with no unnecessary creases. Having the colour booklet with a completed model will also not just give inspiration but gives you a rough idea of what you need to be aiming for, as well as such gorgeous details such as the interior curved staircases and their unusual format/layout. The book not only grounds you in the history surrounding the vessel and its origins and protagonists, but also into the construction of what must’ve been a most impressive ship, even for those days of ornamentation. Amazing to think that you can actually build a complete, miniature ship from this set, down to every smallest detail.
Now….I just need a house big enough to build this model!
The Saint-Philippe – 1693 is available in English, French and Italian languages, and plans are available in 1:72, 1:48, and 1:36 scales. The plans may also be purchased separately without the book, in 1:72 and 1:36 scales. Check out the options on the Ancre website.
My thanks to Didier Berti of Ancre, for sending this Monograph out for review here on Model Ship World. To purchase directly, click the link at the top of the article.