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Bottle 41 - Prinz Eugen
Date Added: 01 October 2005

This is a very well made and detailed model of the Prinz Eugen, a heavy battle cruiser and part of the Hipper Class. The ship is sailing on a sea of green in front of a raised land mass. The ship's hull and deck features are painted in the dark gray color used on the originals. Along the length of the hull are port windows indented in the wood. The decks are left in natural wood color. On the main deck are 4 single gun cannons and 3 large 3 gun cannons. The upper deck has many deck pieces appropriate for these ships. Two masts extend from the deck with wires connected to the yard arms and stretch between the 2 masts. A sea plane is positioned on mount on the upper deck. There are many pieces that would be used in radar, control and more that are represented in this model. The cruiser sails in front of a land mass rising above rocky cliffs. There is a lighthouse and village scene with 6 buildings shaped and painted differently. There is a background of sky and clouds painted inside the bottle. The seller submitted the following information: "the model was made by my grandpa, Kurt Schirdewahn, Obermaat (Sargent) who served as a Maschinist (Heizer) in the German Navy from 1929 - 1945. He built the bottleship in 1945 while a Warprisioner in a British Prosionercamp. The ship is the "Prinz Eugen,' a German poketbattleship."
Type: WW II Heavy Cruiser   Maker's Name: Schirdewahn, Kurt
Category: Military   Made Where: British Prison Camp
Bottle Size: 8 3/4" x 2 1/4"   Year Made: 1945
Bottle Type: Half round and flat on three sides of the other half.