Makeover for model ship

23:26, Aug 19 2012
Pamir
The Pamir ship replica at The Musuem of Wellington City and Sea will undergo a $2000 refurbishment.

A model of a ship seized by New Zealand during World War II and now housed at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea will undergo a major refurbishment.

The four-metre long model of the Pamir, a four-masted barque (or sailing vessel), will be re-rigged and repaired over the next two weeks.

The real Pamir was a major feature in Wellington's harbour during the war. It was seized as a prize of war in 1941 while it was in port at Wellington.

Pamir
The real Pamir was a major feature in Wellington's harbour during the war.

The ship made commercial voyages and escaped close calls at sea during the war and was later used to transport grain. In 1957 the ship capsized in the Atlantic, only six survived from a crew of 86.

Museums Wellington director Brett Mason said the story of the Pamir was an ''intriguing example of Wellingtonians involvement in international maritime history''.

He said the refurbishment of the model was a chance to display other objects from the Pamir collection.

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The refurbishment will cost about $2000.

While the model is being refurbished, a rope-work frame will be on display as well as a wreath to remember those who drowned when the Pamir capsized.

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