“Preussen” was the final development of the square-rigged, commercial sailing ship. She was the only five masted, full rigged ship ever built (that is with square sail set on all five masts). She was built for the German “Flying P” line, in 1902, and was 408ft long, with a gross registered tonnage (hull weight, calculated from the volume of the hull) of 5081T, and a dead weight tonnage (in effect, a measure of cargo carrying capacity) of 8000T.
She was built for the trade between Germany and the west coast of South America, taking general cargo outward from Europe, and returning with nitrates from Chile and Peru, deep loaded around Cape Horn, under sail alone, both ways. She continued in this most arduous of businesses until 1910, when she was in collision with a British Cross-Channel ferry, which misjudged her speed, and tried to pass across her bows. The impact broke off “Preussen’s” bowsprit, and brought down her fore topmast. In this condition she was unmanageable, and went ashore under the White Cliffs of Dover, finally becoming a total loss, when her back broke. Her bones were still visible as late as the 1970s.
The model is of 1/116th scale, made from wood in “plank on frame” style. Spars are all of wooden dowel, with sails made from kite material, and, on completion, she will sail under six-channel radio control.
Absolutely love it Nev. Hope it manages the North East winds she is going to encounter. Good Luck and Farewell Nev. It has been a pleasure knowing you. Enjoy your new life to the full! Be canny yee divvent fall in the lake