A four-masted barque, was one of the famous Flying P-Liner sailing ships of the German
shipping company F. Laeisz. She was the last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn, in
1949. By 1957 she had been outmoded by modern bulk carriers and could not operate at a
profit. Her shipping consortium's inability to finance much-needed repairs or to recruit
sufficient sail-trained officers caused severe technical difficulties. On 21 September 1957 she
was caught in Hurricane Carrie and sank off the Azores, with only six survivors rescued after
an extensive search.
She was built at the Blohm & Voss shipyards in Hamburg, launched on 29 July 1905. She had a
steel hull and displacement of 3,020 GRT (2,777 net). She had an overall length of 114.5 m (375
ft), a beam of about 14 m (46 ft) and a draught of 7.25 m (23.5 ft). Three masts stood 51.2 m (168
ft) above deck and the main yard was 28 m (92 ft) wide. She carried 3,800 m² (40,900 ft²) of sails
and could reach a top speed of 16 knots (30 km/h). Her regular cruise speed was around 8-9
Model Ship building is a bit out of character for me as I mainly do airplanes and cars. However, a very good friend of
mine asked me to restore this wooden sailing ship model for him. His Grandfather built it back in the '50s and he
wanted to save it. Knowing nothing about Sailing Ships and restoring wooden boat models, I was hesitant to do it but
finally agreed. I had to do lots of research on how to rig a sailing ship and make nautical knots. I saved and restored
as much of the original pieces as I could. What I could not save I fabricated and if I could not do that, I bought new.
The Hull, Deck Cabins, Masts and Yard Arms are restored originals. The Dead Eyes, Deck, Stairs/Railings, Ship's
Wheels and all Rigging are new. I polished all the Brass Parts. Hull was sanded and re-painted.
What it looked like. I took great care while disassembling as not to break
anything. I was lucky. Most of the old glue had dried out and came apart rather
I made new pockets for the Masts.
Moved it to the Kitchen Island to do the Rigging and final assembly.
Getting it packed and ready to go.