History tug Elbe (1971 onwards)
In the early 1970s, Smit launched a new house style for it’s vessels. The ships are equipped with a yellow-blue bow and a blue funnel with a new logo. In 1971 the Elbe received the new colors. The original red-blue stripes on the hull were already replaced for a single white stripe in 1967. The Elbe was sold out of the fleet in 1976.
The new color scheme of 1971 gave the Elbe and Clyde a more modern look. Fleetmates at the time were modern tugs like Noordzee (1967) and Rode Zee (1968), equipped with 11,000 hp each. For a short time the Elbe was the strongest (4500 hp) tug in the world. The Elbe was eventually replaced by, among others, the Smit Rotterdam (22,000 hp).
The 1:1250 scale model of the Elbe is 4.6 cm long and 0.89 cm wide. The ship model is painted in the color scheme of 1971. Elbe sailed in this color scheme from 1971 to 1976. We also have a model version of the Elbe in the original Smit International colors (1959-1971) The Elbe had become a museum ship in full working condition. The Hudson is also part of the Maassluis tugboat collection.
The ocean going tugboat Elbe (1971 livery) is a fantastic addition to your model collection.
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