Mediterranean Xebec, Three Masted Wooden Model Boat with Lateen Sails, 35" Long. Individually built, completely assembled, handcrafted model of the Mediterranean Xebec.
The three masted Xebec with its lateen sails was used for centuries in the Mediterranean as a merchant ship because of its speed and shallow draught. It was not long before Corsairs, the pirates of the Mediterranean, decided on the Xebec as their vessel of choice for lighting fast attacks on heavier laden merchant ships. With its fourteen cannons slug low in the waists, the Xebec would hole her prey just inches above the waterline making escape impossible. Six culverins were mounted along the poop deck for close action or just in case the crew tried to mutiny. Oars were used when the wind failed giving the Xebec the upper hand in attacking other vessels or fleeing the authorities.
Hand Built, Fully Assembled museum quality model with Display Stand
Measures 35" in length, 27" in height and 7" wide
Beautifully constructed of exotic woods such as ebony, rosewood, yellow and red cedar, mahogany, teak, black wood, walnut, cherry, birch and maple and other tropical woods
Researched and completely built from scratch, one at a time, in scale to the original plans
100% hand built from scratch using "plank on frame" construction method, gluing together multiple pieces of dry, thin wood
Finely painted and varnished finishes
Fabric sails with intricate line rigging
Metal parts and details that are bronzed, gold tone or chrome plated or painted
With these artistic assemblies, there will be minor differences in appearance
Each model ship or boat is individually packed in a carton box. Sailboats and sailing ships with simpler detail are packed with masts folded down, ready to display after simple, easy assembly.
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Xebecs were similar to galleys used by Berber corsairs having both lanteen sails and oars for propulsion. Early xebecs had two masts; later ones had three. Xebecs featured a distinctive hull with pronounced overhanging bow and stern, and rarely displaced more than 200 tons, making them slightly smaller and with slightly fewer guns than frigates of the period.
Sea-going Mediterranean peoples greatly favored xebecs as corsairs, and for this purpose built them with a narrow floor to achieve a higher speed than their victims, but with a considerable beam in order to enable them to carry an extensive sail-plan. The lateen rig of the xebec allowed for the ship to sail close hauled to the wind, often giving it an advantage in pursuit or escape. The use of oars or sweeps allowed the xebec to approach vessels who were becalmed. When used as corsairs they carried a crew of 300 to 400 men and mounted perhaps 16 to 40 guns according to size. In peacetime operations, the xebec could transport merchandise.
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