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Ship model WAPEN VON HAMBURG of 1667


Ship model WAPEN VON HAMBURG of 1667


Scale 1 : 50
Length 108 cm
Width 48 cm
Height 99 cm
Material hull Wood
Photos 1 Total views
Photos 2 Views of details
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The WAPEN VON HAMBURG historical background

In the 17th century the German Empire was a rather loose federation that had only very limited naval power. It could not give its trading ships a protection by an organized escort system. Especially the Mediterranean routes were endangered by corsairs of the Barbary States of North Africa, who were masters in using their fast and light chebecs and captured many trading vessels.

In the years 1662 - 1667 the City of Hamburg lost altogether thirteen trading vessels to pirates. The shipping of the city was almost disrupted. In 1667 the citizenry decided to build two strong warships as “convoy ships”. They were named Leopoldus Primus and WAPEN VON HAMBURG. The Leopoldus Primus undertook 33 long journeys, until she was broken up in 1705.

The WAPEN VON HAMBURG was built by a Dutch shipbuilding master at the Deichtor shipyard in Hamburg. The construction work started in spring of 1667 when the keel was laid down. The wood work was finished in 1668, then the armaments were installed, and in 1669 the ship was brought into service.

The extensive sculpture work was done under the guidance of master carver Christian Precht.

The ship served as an escort vessel accompanying trades on voyages to Malaga, Cadiz, Lisbon and north till Spitsbergen. On a trip to Cadiz in October 1683, suddenly a fire started in the forecastle. It spread rapidly throughout the vessel. The fire eventually reached the gunpowder depot and caused a terrible explosion that sank the ship. Admiral Berent Jakobsen Karpfanger and 66 of his men lost their lives.

To replace the lost convoy ship a new Wapen von Hamburg was built in 1686 and 1687, that was in service until 1719.

On 12 November 1720 a third ship of this name was launched, the Wapen von Hamburg (III). A contemporary dockyard model of it in 1 : 16 scale still exists. It is displayed in the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte.

Details on history of the three ships, plans and photographs of the dockyard model are in a book by Heinrich Reincke und Bernhard Schulze,  "Das Hamburgische Convoyschiff Wapen von Hamburg III", Arbeitskreis Historischer Schiffbau e.V., Cologne and Museum fuer Hamburgische Geschichte, ISBN 3-931874-00-2, Weyers Druck, Brilon 1998.

On this webpage today's common German way of spelling “Wappen von Hamburg” is used for the designation of the files, so that the search engines may find this page more easily. However, the historically correct name of the ship is “Wapen von Hamburg”, in the way of writing at that time.


The WAPEN VON HAMBURG ship model, photos, description and dimensions

This model of the WAPEN VON HAMBURG is 1 : 50 scale. Length is 108 cm, width 48 cm, height 99 cm. The gangway running from the quarter-deck to the forecastle can be removed to allow for a clear view of the boat and the cannon.

This excellently built model of the WAPEN VON HAMBURG is a very fine piece of work. In many details the art of shipbuilding, sails, rigging, weaponry and decoration of that time are shown.

Have a look at the set of photos. There are several views of the entire ship model and 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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