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4-Masted Barque "Herzogin Cecilie" - Lines Drawing

By Harold A. Underhill, A.M.I.E.S.


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Plan: 1138

Scale: ⅛” – 1’0” (Length of hull 40⁷⁄₈”)

Herzogin Cecilie was the most photographed of all modern sailing ships, and certainly the best known.  Built by Rickmers of Bremerhaven in 1902 as an ocean-going cargo-cadet ship for the North German Lloyd Line, she had a registered tonnage of 3,242 and carried a crew of 100 all told, officers, cadets and seamen. She was in the service of her original owners until the end of the 1914-18 war when she was handed over to France and ultimately sold to Captain Gustaf Erikson.

Captain Erikson put her in the grain trade with the rest of his fleet, and in that capacity she was a regular visitor to the UK until her stranding in 1936 when she finally broke up near Salcombe, Devon.

The following plans have been re-drawn from the original yard drawings and show her as she was in her training days, at which time she had both bow and stern decorated be scroll boards of teak.  At the bow trail-boards swept down from shoulders and feet of the figurehead, while a finely carved arch-board curved across the stern above the knuckle.  Unfortunately all these boards were removed when she came under Captain Erikson’s flag, leaving the bare figurehead. 

The plans show the original carved work, but also include a drawing of the figurehead as it was in the days of Captain Erikson’s ownership.

Plans in this series: 1135  1136  1137  1138

Related plans: Comte de Smet de Naeyer  1104  1105  1106  1107

Related plans: Admiral Karpfander  1097  1098  1099  1100  1101

Construction help: Plank-On-Frame Models Vol I  Plank-On-Frame Models Vol II

Related book: Sail Training and Cadet Ships

Guide to Masts and Spars: Details of Masts and Spars, plan 29

Catalogues: Sailing Ships  Powered Craft