Wütender Hund Kogge 1390 Wooden Model Ship Kit -Shipyard (ZL050)
Shipyard are a family company based in Poland, and were founded in 1985. They focus on marine models ranging between sailing ships and lighthouses. Their models are made from a variety of materials, namely wood and reinforced card, and are cut via laser to guarantee precision and detail.
The Wutender Hund – Kogge 1390 Wooden Model Ship Kit is manufactured by Shipyard Models, who have a range of ready for assembly models built of wood. The kit includes all the parts and pieces to build and included are paints and sails for finishing touches on the model.
The Wutender Hund is an example of the late Hanseatic Cog style vessel which was primarily used in transport and trade. During the period when they were most common in the North Sea and Baltic they would only set sail in large fleets for protection against sea raiders, intent on seizing the valuable freight which would be held on these vessels. Furthermore, the ships themselves were relatively inexpensive and quick to produce for the time period. This model features a defensive forecastle, crow’s nest and aftercastle which is similar to the ships used to transport men to the Crusades.
The Cog allowed large loads to be transported more cheaply and with fewer crew members than previous ships would allow. While they varied in size, even the smaller cogs would transport 50 ‘last’, a measurement equivalent to 2 tons. This meant that the vessels carried the same load as 50 waggons of the era which would need to be pulled by up to 200 horses. The vessels were generally fitted with a single mast and a square-rigged sail, but what really made the cog a notable merchant’s vessel was the innovation of a flat bottom for ease of loading and unloading.