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Old Modern Handicrafts Wanderbird Model Boat


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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
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  • Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 29 Inches
  • Overall Width - Side to Side: 38 Inches
  • Overall Depth - Front to Back: 7 Inches
  • Overall Product Weight: 30 Pounds

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  • Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 29 Inches
  • Overall Width - Side to Side: 38 Inches
  • Overall Depth - Front to Back: 7 Inches
  • Overall Product Weight: 30 Pounds


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

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

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