About the Seawise Giant
The Seawise Giant is was the longest and largest ship every built, with a displacement of 657.019 tonnes. Throughout her years, she was also known as Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, Knock Nevis, Oppama and Mont. This ultra large supertanker was constructed by Sumito Heavy Industries in Japan for a Greek business mogul. However, the deal fell through after her construction and she was instead sold to the Hong Kong Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL). The ship’s length was extended by the OOCL, through the addition of another section, increasing her capacity by 140,000 tonnes. Her sheer size meant that it would take the Seawise Giant 9km to come to a halt, from her maximum speed of 16.5 knots.
The tanker transported crude oil between the United States and Middle East for seven years, before she was taken captive in the 1980s, during the Iraq-Iran war. In May of 1988, the Seawise Giant was parachute-bombed by Iraqi forces. Due to the flammable contents which she was carrying, the tanker immediately burst into flames and sank. Despite this, she was rescued a year later by Norman International, a Norwegian company. After major repairs, she was renamed the Happy Giant and was put back into service in October 1991. For the next 10 years, the tanker ferried oil under the Norwegian flag, changing ownership and name several times.
In 2004, oil transportation methods improved, and she was deemed less effective as a crude oil tanker. It was decided that she would be converted into a stationary storage tanker instead. She was moored off the coast of Qatar for an additional 5 years before she was eventually scrapped. It was reported that dismantling the Seawise Giant took around 18,000 workers.
Making of the Seawise Giant Ship Model
The construction process begins with extensive research and planning, to ensure that the ship model is replicated as accurately as possible. The ship model is then scratch-built by master craftsmen, using her original plan and photographs.
The making of this model requires hundreds of hours of work before completion and undergoes a stringent quality control process before leaving the workshop. The team of master craftsmen make use of their skills and expertise to build the hulls and bridges exclusively out of hand picked hardwoods, in order to create the structure of the ship model. The plank-on-frame technique is then employed to follow the unique curve of each ships hull. In order to create a smooth finish, the model ship is sanded and varnished, before the painting begins. An undercoat layer is added, to create a smooth and even surface. The paint is then selected and matched to the colour of the original ship. The details on this ship have been replicated using polished brass and metal finishes. Each of these processes are executed in sync with the customer’s customisation requirement or matched perfectly with the ship’s original layout. The ship model is then packaged carefully, to ensure that ensure for a smooth and safe transit to our clients.
The Seawise Giant model ship has been constructed in detail and is mounted on a solid wooden base with brass name plate. This model would make a stunning addition for any space.
This model is not a kit and is ready for display.
About the Manufacturer
At Premier Ship Models, we are committed to building quality partnerships. With more than twenty years of experience, our manufacturers are specialised in the production of luxury hand-crafted model boat and ships. What originally began as an artisanal family workshop, now produces an extensive range of highly sought-after collectibles; Including classic speedboat models, historic tall-ship models, cruise ship models, moderns yacht models and battleship models. These ship models are carefully hand crafted and made from the highest quality hardwoods, sourced from local exotic wood resources.