Five sister ships were built by Krupp, at Kiel, in the early 1920s, for the Vinnen company, of Hamburg. They were of a very unusual rig, now described as “five masted, two topsail schooners”, and were fitted with a MAN diesel engine, and a single screw drive apiece. They were intended for the trade between Europe and the ports of the River Plate, though some voyages to Australia and back were also made, and they sailed between the wars, none now surviving.
They were considered ugly vessels in their time, and I cannot but agree however, as a model-making project, there are unique challenges, both in arranging the servos and lines to control the sails, and in learning how to sail a model with this sail arrangement! Hopefully, in about a year, one should be on the water, and then you can judge for yourselves.
“Carl Vinnen” at sea. She’s in ballast, and therefore high out of the water. The full size drawing for the model. With a full cargo, she wouldn't look bad from this angle.
The full size drawing for the model. This is the starting point, about a year’s work to do.
My drawing, of a possible arrangement of servos and lines, to control square, and fore and aft, sails, and the rudder. No motor will be fitted, even though
the original had one.
November 2012 - maiden voyage, detail yet to be added
And finally: Carl Vinnen on Buxton Pavilion Gardens Lake YouTube Link
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