Pictured above and at the top of this page, this model is the best preserved example presently known to exist. It was purchased from the Norddeutscher Lloyd by Standard Oil tycoon John W. Van Dyke. The model is rumored to have been an anniversary gift to his wife, the soloist Edna De Lima, as a memento of the couple's honeymoon voyage on board. Correspondence from Van Dyke records that the model was dropped during shipment from Hamburg and all of the glass in the display case was shattered. Thankfully, damage to the model appears to have been minimal.
Image: Courtesy Fleischmann GmbH
The History of Fleischmann display at the Stadtmuseum in Schwabach, Germany includes the fascinating model pictured above. Built using the components of the 1:100 scale model, this example has been drastically shortened, having two feet removed from her overall length. The result is a distinctly toy-like appearance when viewed broadside. The museum apparently owns a full-size (215cm/7') model as well. Why was this shortened version built? Is she unique or are there others similarly truncated? Further research may reveal the answers!
Mariners' Museum - Newport News
Image: Courtesy of Mariners' Museum
Presently on display at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, this model was donated by the descendants of Morris Rosenbaum, Philadelphia agent for the Norddeutscher Lloyd. The model was likely displayed in Rosenbaum’s ticket office located at 603-05 S. 3rd Street. This historic building stands today. Though physically intact, the model was entirely repainted in 1947 by workers at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company’s model shop. As a result the ‘whimsical’ elements of her original Fleischmann color scheme were lost.
Deutsches Schiffahrts Museum
Image: Courtesy Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum
The fourth known example of Fleischmann’s 1:00 scale Kronprinzessin Cecilie (not pictured) is held in the collection of the Deutsches Schiffahrts Museum in Bremerhaven. The model, when acquired, had been totally rebuilt to resemble the Bremen of 1929. Her Boat Deck was reconfigured, her Main Deck enclosed and her original quartet of majestic, cylindrical funnels had been removed and replaced with a pair of ‘modern’ squat, tear drop-shaped stacks. It is likely this conversion was ordered by NDL, but it is not known if Fleischmann executed the work.