Wappen von Hamburg
Skill Level: medium
Size (LxWxH): 440x63x132 mm (17x2x5 inch)
A model of this well-known ship was long overdue. The elegant hull certainly poses a challenge for a designer. A challenge that Carsten Horn mastered perfectly. This model is a real jewel which is not too difficult to build but still has a very nice and consistent level of details.
Wappen von Hamburg certainly is another highlight in the HMV range. The ship is well known to many as she serviced the route to Helgoland for decades. But not only because of that this ship is quite interesting. The very elegant hull design almost seems to be simple and perfect. Perfect it might be but far from simple and thus very difficult to transform into a model. And as it would be very unusual for an HMV model to be simplified in this regard our designer Carsten Horn managed to create a perfect replica of this complex hull which is at the same time very precise and relatively easy to build.
In order to get a perfect hull with this model it is essential to stick to the instructions and to take sufficient time to form the hull sides until they fit easily to the framework. Once this part is done the fun really starts and building the various details of this beautiful ship is pure pleasure.
The model highlights:
- hull design true to the original
- hull plating without cutting lines
- fine detailed life boats
- benches on upper decks
- detailed anchor winch
- separate hand rails for railings
- filigrane details for the mast
|Manufacturer||HMV - Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag|
|Sheet size||DIN A4|
|Length||440 mm (17.32 inch)|
|Width||63 mm (2.48 inch)|
|Height||132 mm (5.2 inch)|
|Bauanleitung||German, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Pictures|
- shipyard: Howaldtswerke Hamburg
- launch: 1965
- owner: HADAG Seetouristik und Fährdienst AG, Förde Reederei Seetouristik GmbH & Co KG
- length: 109.60 m
- width: 15.00 m
- draught: 4.17 m
- displacement: 4438 BRT
- top speed: 22 kn
- engines: 2x MAN diesel engines
- popwer: 10,160 PSi (7,473 kW)
- passengers: 1,800 max.
When Wappen von Hamburg was launched on the 16th of February in 1965 she was the third ferry boat within ten years with this name. Just in time for the start of the season she was transferred to HADAG for the Helgoland service. In fact she was the biggest ship on the route Hamburg-Cuxhaven-Helgoland. And as she also was the fastest ship of the Helgoland fleet she was honoured with blue ribbon of the fleet.
The initial design of Wappen von Hamburg included cabins an other facilities that were meant to be used in servicing as a cruise ship. The main idea at HADAG was to offer this ship for charter when the season was over. In her first winter in 1965/66 she went to the Caribbean as Lucaya. Unfortunately the level of luxury this ship could offer was not what American customers were expecting. Thus this was her only trip to the Caribbean.
She was back in Northern Germany in time for the start of the 1966 season and served as a ferry boat to Helgoland again. From back then to 1983 she went daily from Hamburg to Cuxhaven and then Helgoland and back. After 1983 during the week she left from Cuxhaven and only on the weekend she would still start her trip in Hamburg
But it was still necessary to find another job for this beautiful ferry boat during winter. HADAG therefore decided to make berth at the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken in Hamburg during the cold season and offer a service as hotel and restaurant ship. And this seemed to be a good idea as HADAG kept doing this till 1982 every winter.
But due to increasing financial problems at HADAG it was finally necessary to take Wappen von Hamburg out of service to save money. The last journey under the flag of HADAG took place on the 3rd of October in 1982.
The company Förde Reederei Seetouristik in Flensburg took over the Helgoland service from HADAG and also bought Wappen von Hamburg. The famous ferry boat kept her name and once again served on the route to Helgoland.
One of the absolute highlights of a trip to Helgoland surely is disembarking at Helgoland. The passengers have to get into 10 meter long wooden boats which each can carry about 40 guests and are then brought to the island. The transfer from the ferry boat into the little barges happens through doors close to the water line of the ship and compared to embarking at a pier this definitely is a unique experience that often includes getting a little bit wet.
Due to the decreasing number of passengers since the nineties FRS had to make the decision to finally decommission Wappen von Hamburg after the 2006 season. For a while the ferry boat Atlantis took over this service and since 2016 a new ship named Helgoland that is fuelled by liquefied natural gas replaced the former ferry boats.
After her decommissioning Wappen von Hamburg was sold to the Mercator Shipping Corporation and renamed in Mercator II. She went to Bremerhaven and the plan was to convert her into a luxury cruise ship. But due to financial problems of the Mercator Shipping Corporation the conversion of this ship couldn’t be finished. For almost two years the hull without superstructure was moored in Bremerhaven. In 2010 the former Wappen von Hamburg finally was towed to Esbjerg in Denmark to be scrapped.
Our special thanks go to Ralf Thorein who supplied us with detailed background information, pictures and documentation and thus made it possible for us to create this detailed scale model.