The only son of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, Napoleon Eugène Louis Jean Joseph, the Imperial Price, was particularly pampered. Desiring to instill in his son the basics of navigation, the emperor ordered him his own frigate.
Constructed in the shipyards of Brest, the miniature war ship was presented to the young prince in 1863 for his seventh birthday.
From the banks of the Étang des carpes (Carp Pond), the imperial couple surveyed the progression of the boating games, exclusively reserved for the prince, who learned the basic elements of navigation from the military officer of Napoléon III, also captain to the Frigate Duperré.
Notable for its size, the imperial toy is a complex work of art, worthy of a place amongst the most beautiful ship collections.
The restoration envisioned for this frigate will permit the preservation of this unique object, currently inaccessible to visitors, and will allow it to be revealed to the public for the first time.