September 24, 2009: For a short visit in Germany, I took the chance to visit the Rickmer Rickmers, now stationary museum in Hamburg, at the river Elbe to the North Sea, northern Germany.
The official website is http://www.rickmer-rickmers.de/.
She will never sail again, of course, and her rigging had been reduced to a harbour rigg, that is: all sails and related running rigging lines had been removed since long ago, leaving only the most necessary lines like the braces and lower topping lifts, and of course the standing rigging of stays and shrouds.
The running rigging left is worth to be studied for ship modelling. (In this case I am having a belaying scheme, reconstucted from plans)
These pictures shall not be a replacement for a real visit to the ship, that I recommend very much indeed! I made about 100 photos for my ship modelling studies.
Now I present the best of them here:
The Hull and The Sides
The hull sides are fully green with white bands and red antifoul. (In her Sagres era, she was white)
Forecastle and Bowsprit
The mizzen mast, the last mast onboard, is different from the other 2 square rigged masts. The ship is a barque, not a "full rigger", so the mizzen mast has no square yards, but 2 gaffs instead, for fore-and-aft sails.
On top of the mizzen sail was the triangular mizzen topsail.
Inside, on the Poop Deck, to the museum and the restarurant
Yes, it is "poop deck", You landlubbers :)
There is an excellent model of the Flying P Liner "Parma"
Go and visit this ship, and see it with Your own eyes :)