History of the barquentine
META was built in 1915 at Barth, at the German Baltic Sea coast. Her overall length was 37 m. She was rigged as a schooner with three equally long masts and sailed under Danish flag with salt and stockfish between Iceland and Portugal. 1943 she was sold to Byxelkrok in the Swedish island of Öland, but soon showed to be no longer economical in the Baltic Sea commercial traffic.
1964 she was changed to an sailing art gallery. For two summers she acted as a pirate ship with 18 thundering cannon. 1968 she got the part of "Hoppetessa" in the movie "Pippi Longstocking" and later the part of "Charlotta of Carlshamn" in the movie "The Emigrants". 1969 she was equipped as barquentine with the rust-brown sails shown in this model.
In 1972 she was moved to the Mediterranean to be used in day and overnight sailing tours. At that time she got the part of the "Hispaniola" in the movie "Treasure Island" with Orson Welles as Captain Silver. 1974 she played the "Ghost" in the film of Jack London's book "Sea Wolf".
In December 1977 she sank in a heavy storm off the Greek island Kelfonia.
The META ship model, photos, description and dimensions
The beautiful and very detailed model of the META is an excellent workpiece in 1 : 25 scale. Length is 142 cm, width 49 cm, height 114 cm. The sails are set as on starboard tack with quartering wind.