Sounding Vessel Schaarhörn

Sounding Vessel Schaarhörn

Harbor Diorama Hamburg

Harbor Diorama Hamburg


Sounding Vessel Schaarhörn

Manufacturer: HMV Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag
Scale: 1/250
Skill Level: medium
Size (LxWxH): 170x40x90 mm (6x1x3 inch)
Shipping weight: 0.064 kg
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The well-known Hamburg museum ship with an optionally buildable underwater hull. A real treat for fans of old steamships. With 3D image construction instructions.

This model represents the state of the Schaarhörn after the restoration in 1999. The underwater hull can be built optionally. There is also a model stand included. The numerous details guarantee a lot of fun during construction. The Schaarhörn should not be missing from any ship model collection.

The model highlights:

  • Waterline or full hull model possible
  • fine detailed life boats
  • detailed funnel
  • Davits und Bootsauflager
  • Shrouds

More Information
Product typePapermodel
ManufacturerHMV Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag
DesignerPeter Brandt
Sheet sizeDIN A4
Parts without alternative parts151
Length170 mm (6.69 inch)
Width40 mm (1.57 inch)
Height90 mm (3.54 inch)
BauanleitungGerman, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Pictures

Technical data:

  • Technische Daten
  • Launched: August 5, 1908 at Janssen & Schmilinski, Hamburg
  • Commissioned: August 1908
  • Length: 41.9 m
  • Width: 6.8 m
  • Displacement: 400 m³
  • Propulsion: 2 triple expansion steam engines
  • TRANSLATE: Klassifizierung: Peil- und Bereisungsdampfer

In 1907, the Hamburg Senate commissioned the Janssen & Schmilinski shipyard to build a new tracking steamer. With the justification that the steamer was necessary to carry out depth measurements in the course of deepening the Elbe, the application was approved by the citizens without any difficulty. However, the detailed specifications from the in-house design office of the Authority for Electricity and Port Construction suggested otherwise. The extraordinarily luxurious furnishings planned for this work ship made it clear that Schaarhörn was also to be given the prestigious role of a state steamer.

In August 1908, Schaarhörn was launched by Janssen & Schmilinski and shortly afterwards took on its role as a solunding vessel. The steamer is rarely used for public events, although there is a rumor that the emperor was once on board the Schaarhörn. Publicly expressed disapproval by parliamentarians had persuaded the electricity construction authority to use the elegant steamer for the purpose originally requested.

During the First World War, Schaarhörn served as an auxiliary minesweeper and outpost boat for the Imperial Navy. Joachim Ringelnatz (inventor of the sailor Kuttel Daddeldu), who later became famous as a bizarre poet, celebrated his promotion to lieutenant on the Schaarhörn. From 1919 to 1925 Schaarhörn was not used and was released in Hamburg. On July 16, 1925, the steamer was handed over from the Hamburg building authority to the Cuxhaven building authority, converted there and from there used for survey work on the Elbe. On so-called "tours", representatives of the Reich Ministry of Transport on board the Schaarhörn gained an impression of the work that had been carried out and was still required and made agreements with representatives of neighboring countries about complex electricity construction measures, their costs and their distribution.

During the Second World War, Schaarhörn served regularly as a tracking steamer from Cuxhaven. Only at the end of the war was the steamer assigned to evacuate refugees from the enclosed eastern areas.

In the post-war period, the technology on board the Schaarhörn was continually modernized, but the old steamer became increasingly unprofitable and was finally decommissioned in 1971 as a floating anachronism (steam below - high tech above) and only narrowly escaped being scrapped.

A Scotsman bought the old steamer and on August 30, 1973 Schaarhörn left Cuxhaven for Scotland. The new owner's plans to prepare the ship for charter trips failed and Schaarhörn was left in a small fishing port on the English east coast and looted by souvenir hunters.

In 1987, Captain Joachim Kaiser discovered the Schaarhörn on the west coast of England and organized her return transport to Hamburg in the dock ship Condock III on May 1, 1990. As part of a job creation measure, the historic steamer was donated to the "Jugend in Arbeit e.V." association. Extensively restored at the Jöhnk shipyard in Hamburg-Harburg. On May 25, 1995 the time had come: the Schaarhörn's second maiden voyage in new splendor. Since then she has been docked as a museum ship in the port of Hamburg and goes on excursions on the Elbe.

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