Please allow me to introduce myself and my project to you. I'm a Dutchman living in Sweden with a great interest in the history of Imperial Russia. From that interest some twenty years ago the idea started to built an accurate model of the Russian Imperial Yacht Standart. The yacht was built by the Danish shipyard Burmeister & Wain during the years 1893-1896 by order of Emperor Alexander III and is considered one of the finest examples of yachtbuilding in the late XIX / early XX century.
Her life spanned almost seventy years, but Standart is best known for being the favourite yacht of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II and his family. Her length between perpendiculars measured 112.8 meter (370 ft.), a largest width of 15,8 meter (50 ft. 8 in.), depth under load 6 meter (20 ft.) and a displacement of 5255 tons.
As I had set up my mind to make a very accurate model of Standart I have spent at least ten years searching for any and all information on the yacht available in archives, musea, institutes and private collections. Although by now I have a small library filled with drawings, photo's, descriptions, books and artefacts, the search will most likely never stop.
As Standart at the design stage multiple times revised her appearance one has to be very careful with all technical documentation; even during her active life she was subjected to many revisions, changes and refurbishments. I finally elected to built Standart in the state as she was when Burmeister & Wain delivered her on September 27, 1896 to the Russian Imperial Navy. Her appearance and state at this moment in time are best documented and for that period I have the most reliable overall information.
Construction of my model started in 2004 but I have to warn all of you - progress is slow; I'm building my model as a hobby and as I'm for my work very often assigned abroad, I cannot spend the time on her building as I wish I could. All construction drawings for my model have been drawn by me in 2D and 3D on the basis of some 150 original drawings of Standart with missing information added on the basis of a large collection of photographs that were commissioned by the yard at the time of her hand-over.
Although I'm aware that on this forum another model of Standart is being constructed, I thought it interesting to share the construction of my yacht.
Looking forward to be part of this forum I will soon start sharing detailed information and progress reports on my model of Standart.