Errol Flynn’s Ship Model

06 Aug

To all Flynn aficionados out there, I’m looking for the name of this ship, that was in Errol’s den.  I think it was a Dutch man of war, but I don’t know.  I have seen many ships on the internet and on many ship model makers that are very similar but it isn’t this exact ship.

I also think that this ship model could be one of the smaller models used in Captain Blood and the model dept at Warners could have given this to Flynn as a gift.  They must have copied it from photos of a real ship that had a name to it.

I have a close-up view of this ship but for some reason, I can’t post it in my post here.  I’m looking to have a replica made of this ship for my home office.  Any help in finding this ship or the name would be an awesome help to me.  I’m calling on Gentleman Tim who can find just about anything on Flynn…

Best wishes to you all

Jack Marino



— Jack Marino


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Thanks so much for the generous compliment and vote of confidence, Jack, though this is a very tall ((ship) order!

Before I search further, have you had a chance to check if this is the Aemelia, flagship of the Netherlands’ great 17th Century Supreme Commander of the Fleet, Admiral Tromp?

Hard to tell from this photo especially, Jack, but it looks similar. (Plus, I suspect drawings and models may vary and not perfectly replicate ships that disappeared before photography.)

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P.S. His son also became Supreme Commander of the Dutch Fleet, and Denmark’s, too, I believe.

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If it however was a model that did movie time, Treasureman Tim, the „ Albatross“ of Sea Hawk fame could be a contender. My doubloons are on the Bounty though as stated before.

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The possibility that this is the Aemelia (Dutch equivalent of Amelia) is extra-intriguing to me because Errol (at the very time of this photo taken, I believe) was in love with a young women he calls Amelia in MWWW. Tromp was a huge Naval hero in The Netherlands. The country’s “greatest” poet wrote this about him and his legendary “last stand”. Here rests the hero Tromp, the brave protector of shipping and free sea, serving free land his memory alive in artful spectre as if he had just died at his last stand His knell the cries of death, guns’… Read more »

Thanks for adding the second image, Jack. I think that makes it clear that it’s not the Aemelia. From looking around, I believe you’re right that it may be a Dutch Man of War, probably from the late 17th Century, or possibly the early 18th Century. Could be British, though, but, to me, doesn’t appear to be Spanish or French. I sure wish they had left the flag(s) on it! (Of course, there’s a chance this is a totally fictional ship, or a composite design, using artistic license, made specifically for one of Warner’s Captain Blood or Sea Hawk films,… Read more »

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Captain Jack, I salute you from one of Errol‘s old stomping haunts, Cherbourg, in France where by sheer synchronicity a real life Spanish Armada Ship anchored today. It‘s called La Galera and is a replique of a XVI century galley. Hope that helps.

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Calling Captain Jack from Mont St. Michel. Normandy and Bretagne are prolific grounds for tracking down your dream boat. Look what I have found in a gift shop in this World heritage town: a marvellous model of the BOUNTY with fullblown sails. She’s yours for a cool $ 300. Couldn‘t it very well be that Errol exhibited the ship which launched his career!? Signing off, Shipheinz.

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Speaking of ship models, nautiheinz, here’s a nice one. French, I believe

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