In the wake of HMS Dreadnought’s dominance over all earlier battleships, the French Navy was forced to decommission a great number of naval vessels, including those recently built with obsolete main armament.
Inspired by the works of Victorian-era illustrator Albert Robida, a private organization purchased a decommissioned battleship hull and converted it into a floating fortress for resort use.
Christened the Chateau de Robida, this 164 meter pre-dreadnought was converted into a floating monument celebrating French heritage and architecture. Finished in alternate bands of snow white and Ravenna gold, and topped with a miniature representation of the Eiffel Tower, the vessel would not be out of place in a Victorian fairy tale.
In addition to the restaurant Le Petit Eiffel, the resort ship also plays host to an open-air engagement party, 3 rose gardens, a shopping mall, two observation towers, and a memorial park.
As a museum of the pre-dreadnought age, Chateau Robida is also equipped with various exhibition weaponry open to the public including a 340mm (13.4″) main battery, 203mm turrets and 164mm casemates representative of period warships.
Courtesy of a British inventor’s contribution the ship is also equipped with experimental radio navigation hardware plus hidden launch tubes for aerial torpedoes.
– What direction to face the vehicle relative to the opponent: Head On
– Spawn height: 5m
– RP Cost: est. 2.5 million
– The Vehicles name: Chateau Robida
– Your name: Carmen
– Blueprint: Attache