Le Pourquois pas

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It is a reproduction of the French oceanographic ship of Jean-Baptiste Charcot that carried out scientific research missions in the Antarctic, the Hebrides and the Faroe Islands. It is one of the most interesting ships I have ever built. It has numerous details on the bridge, and the rigging has nothing to envy of any “classic” schooner or sailboat.

TECHNICAL DATA

Technical Data

Name Pourquois pas?
Description French Oceanographic ship (1907)
Design Constructo
Scale 1:80
Measures (cm) Length: 75, Beam: 21, Height: 48
Date 2004
Hours 580
Comments

Highly difficult model, not only due to the mating, but also due to the large amount of details that require a particularly meticulous finish. The result is spectacular.

It was a beautiful three-masted ship equipped with two boilers and an engine. The kit reproduces it at 1:80 scale as it was in 1925. It was 40 meters long between perpendiculars and 9.20 meters wide. It was built with oak frames lined with thick strakes and an iron frame and zinc plates to navigate the frozen seas.

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HISTORY

History

The “Pourquois pas?” was a three-masted ship that began to be built in September 1907 in Saint-Malo, by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Charcot.

Jean Baptieste Charcot was the son of the famous Professor Charcot. The sea fascinated him and he wanted to enter the Naval School. However, he agreed to fulfill his father’s wishes and studied medicine. Whenever his parents tried to talk him out of being a sailor, Charcot would reply, “Marin, pourquois pas?” (Sailor, why not?), Which caused him to be familiarly called “Le petit pourquois-pas” (the little “why not”), a name he used to baptize his ship.

The ship’s crew was called up in 1914, after completing some missions in the Antarctic. At the end of the First World War, Charcot returned to equip the “Pourquois pas”. From 1920 to 1936, the ship set sail each year for scientific voyages in the North Atlantic and Arctic.

Off Groenland eastern coast, in 1920.

In 1936, during an expedition to Greenland, the ship arrived in Reykjavik, where a fault in the boiler was repaired. On September 15, the “Porquois pas” set sail from that port bound for Copenhagen. After three hours of travel, Chracot decided to return due to bad weather.

At dawn, stumbling blocks began to appear around the ship. The machine did not reach sufficient speed to maneuver and the ship hit the rocks twice. Affected by the impact, the boiler did not allow the machine to be kept active and it was also not possible to navigate with the sails.

It remained only to try to hold the ship with the anchors, but, before the chains tightened, the “Pourquois pas” broke its keel and sank two miles from shore. Of the 41 crew, only the main helmsman managed to reach the shore.

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