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Ship model cargo barge "Gedeckte Aak" 19th century


Ship model cargo barge "Gedeckte Aak" 19th century


Ship name Gedeckte Aak
Scale 1 : 40
Length 62 cm
Width 14 cm
Height 51 cm
Material hull Wood
Photos 1 Total views
Photos 2 Views of details
Price sold
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The barge type "Gedeckte Aak"

Since 16th century several types of flat bottom barges have been developed in the Netherlands and northern Germany for cargo transport on big rivers like the Rhine and on canals. The aaks had triangular or trapezoid bow plates and large rudders to allow for slow speed maneuvering. They were mostly clinker-built. The mast was used for sailing downriver or fixing the rope for being towed by horses upriver.

Open aaks could only work on canals or small rivers. For the Rhine river with its bigger swell a higher freeboard was required or a closed deck ("Gedeckte Aak").

By the end of 19th century the towing by horses was replaced by steam tug boats.


The aak model, photos, description and dimensions

The ship model was built with sails. There are more pictures, several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging. Click images to enlarge!

This model of a Gedeckte Aak is a beautiful, fine piece of work. The ship model is 1 : 40 scale. Length is 62 cm, width 14 cm, height 51 cm.

The ship model can be taken out of the stand, e.g. for transport.


This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data are shown in the gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such a model by himself.

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