Beautifully detailed and unmatched in the industry, the Graupner Cap San Diego Freighter is one of our Premium Line of historical ships that will not disappoint you. Arriving Almost Ready to Run, the motors and rudder servo are already placed, and only the radio and electrical system need be installed before the boat is water-ready. For reliability, performance, further telemetry and model-specific function expansion we highly recommend a Graupner radio such as the mc-16.
The Graupner Premium Line ships are carefully handcrafted and assembled using CNC processing to replicate the model as originally as possible. The hull is made from molded GRP complemented by the superstructure and deck which are constructed from laser-cut ABS parts. Many of the small items are made from metal, and almost everything is factory-assembled. The hull, parts of the superstructure, the masts and fittings are spray painted using semi-matt paints. Decals are already applied. With so many details and scale fittings, the Premium Line ships all have an impressive scale appearance.
The Cap San Diego is part of the Cap San class of ships that made history in 1962 by ushering in an era of fast freighters with large refrigerated holds and fittings for twelve passengers. With their slim hulls and pronounced stem and stern rakes these ships were more reminiscent of elegant motor-yachts than freighters, and that was why they became known as the White Swans of the South Atlantic. In fact, Cap San Diego and its five sister ships were used by passengers to the Atlantic Passage.
Eventually, around 1980, the Container became the dominant means of transporting goods, and the end of the mixed-cargo freighter hove into sight. As a result of this development, the Cap San Diego was sold to Spain in 1981 where it was eventually scrapped in 1986. Rescued from the scrapyard's cutting torch, the Cap San Diego the ship was returned to Hamburg in late 1986, where she was restored mainly by the labor of enthusiasts and laid-off dock workers.
The Cap San Diego is currently the world's largest, fast-moving museum cargo ship. Moored at the port of Hamburg, visitors can access virtually all areas of the ship from the bridge to the engine, visit rotating exhibitions in the cargo holds, and even book overnight stays. Several times a year, the ship leaves the harbor for trips along the river Elbe or to the coastal town of Cuxhaven at the mouth of the river.
All our Premium Line boats are carefully packaged and visually inspected prior to leaving our warehouse. The packaging has been drop-tested and can withstand normal freight transportation. In some cases, a part may come lose during transportation which can be easily glued back in place. Our Premium Line boats are insured during shipping and require a signature upon delivery. We will not accept returns under any condition unless the packaging shows serious damage upon arrival. If the product arrives with major visible damage, we advise you to refuse delivery and take pictures of the packaging.
Our Premium Line ships are not always readily available and some have long lead times. You can place yourself on the waiting list and will be notified when the product is back in stock. If you want to secure delivery you must pre-order the product. Pre-orders require full payment at the time of ordering. Contact our sales department at any time for an estimated arrival time of your boat.