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Model of a Nef from Winchelsea, 13th century


Model of a Nef from Winchelsea, 13th century


Ship name Nef
Scale 1 : 30
Length 78 cm
Width 36 cm
Height 71 cm
Material hull Wood
Photos 1 Total Views
Photos 2 Details
Price sold
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The Nefs of the Cinque Ports

Nefs are trade ships that were developed by English shipwrights and traders based on the knorr of the Vikings. They were clinker-built like the Viking ships, but with broader hull and a fixed mast. They kept the single square sail.

In bow and stern the nefs got raised castles that provided shelter and advantages at fights and raids at sea. The naval actions those days were done by ramming, boarding and hand-to-hand fighting.

As with the Viking ships the rudder blade was held by a thick rope on a block that was set on the hull. In its upper part the rudder blade was held in track by a protective beam that prevented damage on ramming or when in harbour. The beam had a removable part to allow for easy changing of damaged rudder blades or lifting in shallow water.

In 12th century five towns on the southern coast of England formed the confederation of "Cinque Ports": Dover, Sandwich, Hythe, Romney und Hastings. Later on Winchelsea and Rye joined in. The model shows a nef of Winchelsea that flies the three lions of the seal of Winchelsea at the stern and a pennant with the cross of St. George in the masthead.


The Nef from Winchelsea model, photos, description and dimensions

The ship model was built to plans given in the book by Jochen v. Firks, "Normannenschiffe - Die normannischen Bayeux-Langschiffe und die frühmittelalterliche Nef der Cinque Ports", Verlag Delius, Klasing & Co., Bielefeld 1986, ISBN 3-7688-0549-2.  

This model of a nef is a fine, detailed and very beautiful piece of work. Models of ships of that time are rare.
The ship model is 1 : 30 scale. Length is 78 cm, width 36 cm, height 71 cm.

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 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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