Modeling La Belle


When one looks at the archaeological remains of a once-proud ship, it can be difficult to imagine how she looked in her prime. This is the case with La Belle, a 17th century French ship that sank off the coast of Texas on her maiden voyage while carrying colonists to the New World.  Archaeologists from the Texas Historical Commission excavated La Belle in 1996 and 1997.  The hull and the material contained in the hold are being conserved at the Conservation Research Laboratory of the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University.  A major part of the conservation effort involves the reconstruction and conservation of the remains of the hull.

Glenn completed three models for the La Salle Shipwreck Project, including two 1:12 scale models of the complete ship and her rigging. One such model is on display in the Anthropology Building at Texas A&M University, and the second at the Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport on the Gulf Coast.

 Glenn also built a 1:6 scale model of a gun and carriage based on those found aboard La Belle.

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