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Old Modern Handicrafts Wanderbird Model Boat

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Old Modern Handicrafts Wanderbird Model Boat

Built as the pilot schooner ''Elbe 5'' after a design by Gustav Junge at the H.C. Stlcken & Sohn shipyard in Hamburg, GER in 1883. Retired from pilot service in 1924 and purchased by author Warwick Tompkins in 1928, in 1929 commissioned as a cruising yacht and sail training vessel, renamed the ''Wander Bird''. Made a total of 13 trans-Atlantic crossings in this time, in 1936 Tompkins sailed her around Cape Horn to San Francisco Bay, after a voyage to Tahiti, Tompkins laid the schooner up in Sausalito, California in 1941 where she became a houseboat for his ex-wife. 1969 purchased by Harold and Anna Sommers, begin of a restoring, fitted with her first engine, sailed for the first time in June, 1981. Was not used much by the Sommers and was offered for sale in 1992, after some unsuccessful trials to sell her back to Germany she departed Sausalito for Seattle in October 1998, the new owners Jim Flury and David Cook intended to offer charter cruises in Mexican waters but instead chartered her to a non-profit group in Seattle to serve as a sail training ship and goodwill ambassador for the city, this program never got started but the schooner remained in Seattle. On initiative of the ''Stiftung Hamburg Maritim'' the ships returned to Hamburg on October 7, 2002 where an overhaul of electrical equipment began and the rigging and deck will be checked, all necessary work is done in the context of the project ''Jugend in Arbeit Hamburg e.V.''. Since 2004 used as charter ship for day trips and longer voyages.

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  • Material: mahogany
  • Painted in white and very dark blue (closer to black)
  • Details include metal steering wheel, skylight, deck houses, advanced intricate rigging, full cloth sails with detail stitching, wood inlay deck and many more
  • Comes on a solid wood base, with metal nameplate
  • 100% hand built from scratch using ''plank on frame'' construction method
  • Master craftsmen have spent more than 100 hours to finish it


  • Overall: 29" H x 38" W x 7" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 30lbs

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Old Modern Handicrafts Wanderbird Model Boat

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  • Overall: 29" H x 38" W x 7" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 30lbs


Product Type: Model boat/Car/PlaneStyle: Traditional
Theme: TravelSubject: Boats and ships
Finish: WhiteHand-Made: Yes
Distressed: NoPrimary Material: Wood
Additional Materials: MetalNumber of Items Included: 1
Weather Resistant: NoWater Resistant: No
Oversized: NoPlays Music: No
Age Group: AdultOutdoor Use: No
Country of Manufacture: Viet Nam 

About the Manufacturer

Established in 1999, Old-Modern Handicrafts is a leading factory in manufacturing high quality wooden model ships. They are pleased to let you know that their products are proudly displayed in the world's most luxurious galleries in 5 star resorts like The Venetian or Caesar Palace, Las Vegas. From New York to Los Angeles, from London to Paris, Seoul to Tokyo, you can find their products in the center of gorgeous galleries. Museums also display their products; celebrities own their products. Television channels like ABC, or NBC use their products in their shows. Here are some product highlights that lead them to success:

100% hand built from scratch using "plank on frame" method.

Hundreds of hours are required to finish a model at museum-quality level, such as HMS Victory or USS Constitution. Completed models contain thousands of details created by their skillful master craftsmen.

Made of finest wood like Rosewood, Mahogany, Teak and other exotic tropical woods.

Chrome, brass fittings and ornaments constitute the excellence of their models Extensive research through original plans and pictures make their models authentic.

Each model goes through a demanding quality control process before leaving the workshop.

It's just the perfect gift for home or office decorator, boat enthusiast or passionate collector.


The Wanderbird Model Boat is a Traditional style product. Traditional style furniture and decor tends to look heavy with an heirloom type quality. Common wood tones are darker shades of mahogany and walnut. Traditional style tends to feature pieces with tufted cushions and nailhead accents. You can shop for more Traditional Decorative Objects in the Decor section of our site.

Old Modern Handicrafts Wanderbird Model Boat

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GJ023 from USA– Top 500 Reviewer

Very nice schooner model of the Wander Bird, details is accurate and paint is nice.

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