|Ship name||WAPEN VON HAMBURG|
|Scale||1 : 50|
|Photos 1||Total views|
|Photos 2||Views of details|
|Transport cost||Please inquire|
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The 17th century German Empire was a rather loose federation. It had only very limited naval power and could not give its trading ships a protection by an organized escort system. Especially on Mediterranean routes the corsairs of the Barbary States of North Africa, who were masters in using their fast and light chebecs, captured many trading vessels.
In the years 1662 - 1667 the City of Hamburg registered the loss of 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” to protect the trade routes. The ships 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. After some delay 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 finally 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 trade ships 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 that spread rapidly throughout the vessel. When the fire reached the gunpowder depot it 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. It 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.
This model of the WAPEN VON HAMBURG is 1 : 50 scale. Length is 110 cm, width 49 cm, height 96 cm.
This excellently built model of the WAPEN VON HAMBURG is a very fine piece of work, a masterpiece. In many details the art of shipbuilding, rigging and weaponry of that time is shown. The decorations are beautifully made.
The model was made by Mr. Markus Steinhauser, Rielasingen, Germany.
The price of the model is 12000 Euro, plus transport cost.
Transport: The ship model can be secured in a transport box. This way,
truck or air cargo over long distances can be safely done.
If you live close by, picking up the model with your car may be a good way, too.
The ship model is available at my showroom in Recklinghausen. Here is information on how to order a ship model and how the transport can be arranged.
Please contact me, if you are interested in the ship model.
If you come by car, it is easy to find my home.