"Pourquoi Pas?" stream bark

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This product was added to our catalog on 06 December, 2011
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That"s Zvezda 1:100 scale "Pourquoi Pas?" stream bark.

Box in the traditional style of Zvezda, bright and colorful, patterned. The box includes 9 sprues. The kit is cleanly molded in good quality plastic.
This kit includes 2 parts of hull, small parts, plastic sails, threades for rigging and stand. This set requires both glue and paint in order to be completed.

Historical information:
The Pourquoi Pas ? IV was the fourth ship built for Jean-Baptiste Charcot. She completed the second Charcot expedition of the Antarctic regions from 1908 to 1910. Charcot died aboard when she was wrecked on 16 September 1936. Of the forty men on board, only one survived.
In 1907, Jean-Baptiste Charcot launched a new Antarctic expedition and began work on a new ship, the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV, a four-masted bark designed for polar exploration, equipped with a motor and containing three laboratories and a library. It was built at Saint-Malo to plans by Francois Gautier, in his shipyard.

From 1908 to 1910, Charcot set out in the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV, wintering at Petermann Island, on his second polar expedition. He returned to France in 1910 laden with scientific discoveries - he had finished the mapping of Alexander Island and discovered a new island, Charcot Land.

In 1912, the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV became the French Navy"s first school ship. From 1918 to 1925, Charcot took the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV on various scientific missions in the North Atlantic, the English Channel, the Mediterranean and the Faroe Islands, mainly to study underwater lithology and geology by means of drag nets, to whose material and use Charcot made major improvements.

From 1925 onwards, limited by age, Charcot lost command of the ship (though he remained on board as head of the expedition) for her many voyages around the Arctic glaciers. In 1926, Charcot and the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV explored the eastern coast of Greenland and brought back many fossils and samples of insects and flora.

In 1928, the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV set out to investigate the disappearance of the large French seaplane Latham 47 with the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen onboard, which had itself been looking for the Italian general Umberto Nobile, who had set out to cross the North Pole in the dirigible Italia and not been heard from since.

In 1934, Charcot and the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV set up an ethnographic mission in Greenland headed by Paul-Emile Victor, who spent a year in Angmagssalik living amid the Eskimo population. In 1935, Charcot and the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV returned there to look for Victor and his three companions (Gessain, Perez et Matter) and began the mapping of these regions. On 16 September that year, the ship managed to reach a small port to escape a cyclone which ravaged the coasts of Iceland.

In September 1936, returning from the mission to Greenland to deliver scientific material to Victor"s mission (which had just traversed the ice sheets in 50 days) and after carrying out a survey mission, the Pourquoi-Pas ? IV stopped at Reykjavik to re-provision with fuel on 13 September. They set out for Saint-Malo two days later, on 15 September, but on 16 September the ship was caught in a violent cyclonic storm and lost on the reefs of Alftanes at Myrar. 23 of the crew were lost in the wreck and 17 survivors died before rescue came, leaving only one survivor, Eugene Gonidec, master steersman. Jean-Baptiste Charcot was one of the dead, aged 69. Pourquoi Pas Point and Pourquoi Pas Island were later named after it.

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