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Ship model, French battleship "Richelieu"

The "Richelieu" in Axis hands in WW11 posed a huge potential threat to Allied navies and convoy shipping if allowed to escape from Mers-el-Kabir. With her very powerful array of eight 15" guns ,she was the equal of the biggest and best battleships in the British or German navies. She was suffiently damaged in an engagement with the British battleship HMS "Barham" that she was effectively out of combat until the French forces in Africa joined the Allies, bringing the "Richelieu" back into the …


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Object Statement

Ship model, model battleship 'Richelieu'. French. Still afloat (1966) but not commissioned. Main armament 8 x 15' guns. Length 794ft. Beam: 108ft. Maximum displacement: 48,500 tons. Speed: 30 knots. Scale 1/200 (SB).

Physical Description

Amateur ship model, French battleship "Richelieu". Scale 1/200 . 2 forward turrets 4 X15" guns, 3 turrets 3 X 6" guns, 12 turrets 2 X 100 mm. AA guns, 8 X40 mm. and 20 x 20 mm. AA guns. Companionways, range finders, lifeboats, 2 searchlights, single angled funnel, 4 X 4 bladed propellers. Painted brown to waterline, blackstripe, dark grey to deck level, superstructure black and light grey. Mounted on wooden stand.



340 mm


170 mm


Credit Line

Gift of Gordon, J, 1966

Acquisition Date

22 March 1966

Cite this Object


Ship model, French battleship "Richelieu" 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 31 March 2023, <>


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