Regensburg (1914); Warship; Cruiser; Light cruiser (German)

Scale: 1:50. SMS ‘Regensburg’ (1914) was built by A. G. Weser, Bremen. A light cruiser, but armoured on the waterline, she took part in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. She was handed over to France in 1920, and renamed ‘Strasbourg’, under which name she remained in service until 1937.

This ship was one of a series of fast cruisers built for the Imperial German Navy in the decade before the First World War. They had their counterpart in the Royal Naval ‘Town’-class cruisers and on them fell much of the burden of patrol work in the North Sea between 1914 and 1918.

The model is of the highest quality and it is interesting as an example of modelmaking by a German shipyard. Stylistically, it is similar to a typical British shipbuilder’s exhibition model, the most notable difference being the metric scale used. It is also more ‘realistic’ than the model-making work of many British yards. The colours used in the paint finish are lifelike and weathered, the treatment of the deck and glazed areas is extremely convincing and even the silvered fittings have a true to life quality to them. Three boats are in the process of being launched and both port and starboard companion ladders have been lowered. It is a beautiful model that deserves, and rewards, close examination.

This model was transferred to the Museum from the Naval War Trophies Committee in the mid-1940s.

Object Details

ID: SLR1419
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: Regensburg 1914
Date made: circa 1914
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall: 1057 x 2875 x 395 mm

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