SD Model Makers is proud to offer a true museum quality replica ship model of the famous Peking (aka Peking Flyer) a steel-hulled four-masted barque. A so-called Flying P-Liner of the German company F. Laeisz, it was one of the last generation of windjammers used in the nitrate trade and wheat trade around the often treacherous Cape Horn.Peking was made famous by the sail training pioneer Irving Johnson; his footage filmed on board during a passage around Cape Horn in 1929 shocked experienced Cape Horn veterans and landsmen alike at the extreme conditions Peking experienced.
She was in Valparaiso at the outbreak of World War I, and was awarded to Italy as war reparations. She was sold back to the original owners, the Laeisz brothers in 1923, and continued in the nitrate trade until traffic through the Panama Canal proved quicker and more economical. In 1932, she was sold for £6,250 to Shaftesbury Homes. She was first towed to Greenhithe, renamed Arethusa II and moored alongside the existing Arethusa I. In July 1933, she was moved to her new permanent mooring off Upnor on the River Medway,where she served as a children's home and training school. She was officially "opened" by HRH Prince George on 25 July 1933. During World War II she served in the Royal Navy as HMS Pekin.
The Peking was retired in 1975 and sold to Jack Aron, for the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City, where she was still moored in 2014. However, the Seaport did not see the Peking as part of its long-term operational plans. A 2012 offer to return the ship to Hamburg where she was originally built, as a gift from the city of New York, was contingent upon raising an endowment in Germany to ensure the preservation of the vessel, and was not successful on that basis. In November 2015 the German government decided to purchase the ship, to be a part of the announced German Port Museum in Hamburg, for which €120 million were allocated
As a widely recognized leader in handmade tall ships, SD Model Makers master model shipwrights produce models in magnificent detail. From hand laid decks, tarred standing rigging, complex running rigging and furled sails, each model is a hand made museum quality masterpiece. Each model comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes brass pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a brass name plate. One look at our photo gallery, and you'll see that we produce true museum quality models that you'll be proud to own and display. We pride ourselves in offering our clients some of the finest replica ship models availble.
We offer three of the most popular size/scale options for your shopping convenience, with shipping and insurance included.
However - we can easily build your model in ANY size or scale you desire. Special commissions are our specialty - just ask.
Keel block mounting options are available at no additional cost.
These models are only made-to-order - The build time is generally 20-24 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. Our ordering procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping. When the model is complete, we will take a series of photos of your model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we will collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.
You’ll find commissioning a replica model is a fun and engaging process as well as one which is rewarded with something you will keep forever.
FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.
Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model
Add a museum-like touch to your model display - Consider our protective display case option. Keep fingers and dust away - forever!