From: De Eye-lands, Mon
Why the Cornelie? Isn't she just another Virginie, and a revolutionary era frigate, too?
Three reasons I chose Cornélie, or rather why Cornélie chose herself. I did a set of lines draughts for Pallas, from her devis d'exécution and checked against the after-capture British take-off draught of Fidéle (a Pallas). Did another set for Virginie, from her devis d'exécution and checked against her after-capture British take-off draught. The lines are virtually identical except in two areas
First, Cornélie was altered in 1799-1800 at Toulon to address one of these two areas and was trialed again by capitaine de vaisseau Villemadrin. I got the 1800 Plans de cale de la frégate la Cornélie from SHD Rochefort, that show the alterations. In this configuration, she formed the “proof” or prototype for the lines of the Hortense/Pallas class embodied in the 1808 règlement (she also got rid of that horrid poop deck). The remaining differences I can detail in a three page addendum with two extra figures. So one can build either a Cornélie or a Pallas class hull form.
Second, there’s nothing extent on the interior details of a Pallas, and you have to have those for a good monograph. Fidéle was taken on the stocks and finished out as a standard Brit so that won’t work. Virginie, however, had extensive interior layout draughts done in her as-captured condition: pumps, mast steps, bitts, magazine, wheel/tiller/capstain layout, decks and beams, and planking and bears, oh my !! woof !! Cornélie would follow these.
Third, Pallas class was pretty utilitarian; very plain in ornamentation. But Virginies were built before Napo drafted all the woodcarvers to make musket stocks at Lille . I have a beautiful copy of Décoration de poupe, proue et bouteille de la frégate la Cornélie, Signé Collet aîné, sculpteur en chef. 0.93 x 0,69, again from Rochefort.
Ok, I’m a romantic, but I wanted to show one of these beautiful vessels in their full glory. She was a Pallas in all but 6" of length between perps, 1" depth of midship hold, and a 9 pouce 6 ligne offset to the bilge arc centers, but was adorned like a beautiful woman (sorry, ship) ought to be. She was the passing of the torch from les ornements du siècle des lumières to l'âge d'utilité. But my goodness, she was gorgeous.
[ed] I think I am beginning to understand Jean Boudriot's reluctance to do Empire period ships. I think he's a romantic, too.
< Message edited by Symon -- 6/27/2015 7:00:22 PM >
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