Skill Level: difficult
Length: 810 mm (31.89 inch)
The model kit shows this extraordinary ship with her interesting history as she was commissioned as “Hanseatic” in 1958. The nickname for this well designed ship says it all: “Die schöne Hamburgerin” which translates to “The beautiful lady from Hamburg”.
This model of the Hanseatic is definitely one of the most outstanding creations of the late star designer Peter Brandt. She is a wonderful build and in HMV style very well fitting with countless little details without going to far.
Swimming pool and tennis court on the upper decks will certainly be as much fun to build as the numerous details on the bow deck and the promenade deck. The elegant hull is reproduced beautifully and very close to the original. From every point of view the distinctive form of Hanseatic’s hull is easy to recognise.
The model highlights:
- highly detailed superstructure
- 22 life boats
- tenns court
- swimming pool
- international code of signals
- signal flags
- national flags
- detailed anchors
|Manufacturer||HMV Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag|
|Sheet size||DIN A4|
|Parts incl. alternative parts||1335|
|Length||810 mm (31.89 inch)|
|Bauanleitung||German, English, Pictures|
- Launched: 17/12/1929
- Shipyard: Fairfield Shipbuilding Co. Glasgow
- Commissioning as Empress of Japan: 14.06.1930
- Conversion: Howaltswerke Hamburg
- Commissioning as Hanseatic: 1958
- Length: 203.1 m (205.15 m after conversion)
- Width: 25.5 m
- Displacement: 30,030 Brt
- Engines: 2 sets of geared turbines, 6 Yarrow-boilers
- TRANSLATE: Geschwindigkeit: 21, max. 23 Kn
- TRANSLATE: Fahrgastplätze: 85 Personen 1. Klasse, 1191 Pers. Touristen-Klasse
The Hanseatic had a colorful history. The ship was built at Govan shipyard in Glasgow, Scotland in 1930 as Empress of Japan for the Canadian Pacific Railway. They deployed her on the route between Canada and Yokohama in Japan. During second world war she served as a troop transporter for Australian and New Zealand troops. In 1948 she was decommissioned as troop transporter and reconverted into a civilian cruise ship.
In 1957 Axel Bitsch Christendesen and Nicos Vernicos Eugenides founded the Hamburg Atlantic Line. With help from the Hamburgian senate they managed to buy the 28 year old steamer. It didn’t take long for Hanseatic to get popular in Germany, especially in Hamburg and the North Sea shores.
In September 1966 while being in the harbor of New York a defective fuel line caused a fire in the engine room. The damage was devastating and it wasn’t worth repairing the ship any more. Two salvage tugs towed the ship back to Hamburg. After another inspection from the insurance companies the shipping company decided to sell the cruise ship to Eisen und Metall AG Hamburg for scrapping.