Aaks in Rhine navigation
Aaks were flat river boats for transporting goods on the Lower Rhine and the surrounding rivers. They have been developed since the 16th century. Characteristic are the large rudder blades and the shape of the bow. The masts carried sails (for sailing downstream) or were used to attach the rope for towing (for sailing upstream). Towards the end of the 19th century, steam-powered tugs were used to travel upstream.
Haniel Reederei GmbH was one of the largest shipping companies involved in freight shipping on the Rhine. Their ships carried the shipping company’s green, white and black pennant on the mast.
The ship model of the Haniel freighter, photos and dimensions
The model was placed on a board made of birch wood with a bark area, which is intended to symbolize the bank area of a river or canal. It corresponds to the usual way of driving near the shore when towing or the almost always narrow canals or rivers (with the exception of the Rhine). A dinghy is towed. The model carries the Haniel pennant in the mast.
Here are more photos: various overall views from all sides, various views of the upper deck, the hull and the rigging . Click on the pictures to zoom in!
The model is a very clean, attractive work, a masterpiece. On a scale of 1 : 60, it is 61 cm long, 20 cm wide (measurements of the standing board) and 36 cm high.
The ship model stands loosely on the board and can be removed, e.g. for transport.
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