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Musee de la marine

Paris Maritime Museum, has interesting collections of shipmodels. Housed in the Palais de Chaillot, facing the Eiffel Tower on the Seine river banks, the Musee de la Marine, its French name, is a good introduction to the history of the maritime world. The museum is undergoing massive renovation work and is closed until 2021. Visit top Paris museums.

Paris Maritime Museum facts

Housed in the western wing of Palais de Chaillot, the Musee de la marine (Paris Maritime Museum) displays a great collection of ship scale models from the 17th century to the present time. The Musee de la Marine is closed for renovation, but is is possible to see its collections. Details.

17, Place du Trocadéro
Paris 75016 France

Paris metro: Trocadero metro station on lines 6 and 9. Locate Musee de la Marine on Paris map

1720 Louis XV in Musee de la Marine
1720 Louis XV in Musee de la Marine

The first steamboat

In 1783, Frenchman Claude Jouffroy Abbans was on the Saone in Lyon aboard the Pyroscaphe. This steamboat was propelled by a paddle wheel system with transmission rack. Its achievement was particularly good and certainly promising: hull ash and oak lined siding, figurehead representing a greyhound head boxwood.

Unfortunately, the Academy of Sciences forbade him to exploit his invention in Paris, prefering a competitor's project.

1783 steamboat by Jouffroy d'Abbans
1783 steamboat by Jouffroy d'Abbans

The Glory in Musee de la marine

In 1859, engineer Henri Dupuy de Lome designed the first armored frigate in the world, the Glory. By increasing the ship proportions and refining the forms from the front, he designed a ship twenty years ahead of his time. Its shielding screwed onto the hull of wood comprised of wrought iron plates, secured to one another and thick 10 to 12 cm. If water and military qualities of this ship were unquestionable, life on board was very difficult, as any opening was banned to avoid piercing the armor.

Glory was the first armored frigate in the world
1859 Glory was the first armored frigate in the world

Paris Maritime Museum history

Founded in Le Louvre in 1748 as part of the new shipbuilding engineering school, still existing today as Ensta, the National Maritime Museum is a museum of art, history, science and technology . With the museum of the Fleet in St. Petersburg, he shares the privilege of being one of the oldest maritime museums in the world by the size and diversity of its collections. Recognizing the vital educational role it must play, it is preparing a completely new presentation of its permanent galleries for 2021.

Napoleon Imperial Canoe in Paris Maritime Museum
Napoleon Imperial Canoe in Musee de la Marine
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