German take on Riddle of the sands

TOP notch MOB web ferret Warren sent me these links to the german versions of the riddle of the sands

here are some clips from the films with a much smaller Dulcibella than in the English film

and this is the trailer

This is about Dylan Winter's Blog.

20 Responses to “German take on Riddle of the sands”

  1. 16 October, 2015 at 9:18 amPhillip says:

    What self-respecting sailor would have their ensign dragging in the muddy water like that?
    I’d much rather the original version, with posh Curruthers fitting in his suitcases and eating in the hotel.

  2. 16 October, 2015 at 12:17 pmIan Clarke says:

    Amazing find. The film of this lovely boat in skinny waters just fantastic.

  3. 16 October, 2015 at 12:25 pmDave Barker says:

    I’ll have to brush-up on my German, which we did in school. If I work hard at it I reckon I’ll be able to understand half of the dialogue by the time I’m eighty. This looks like an excellent film from a sailor’s point of view, worth watching just for the traditional boats and the sailing.

  4. 16 October, 2015 at 1:42 pmWarren says:

    Your welcome,
    You can buy the entire movie on DVD , it’s 8.25h long! ( the entire tv show I think).
    (I accidentally bought 4 from the German website about 10 years ago)
    When I sent my old dad a copy he watched it all the way thru in one sitting , drove the
    rest of the family crazy, and no subtitles. Said he almost spoke ‘sailor German’ by the end!
    Lots of sailing and it really followed the story as they had much more time than the English movie.
    Ps I think you can find each tv episode on the web but I haven’t looked for quite a while.

  5. 16 October, 2015 at 1:43 pmWarren says:

    So much more in this version.
    Including the hotel scene, it’s 500 mins long!

  6. 16 October, 2015 at 2:23 pmWarren says:

    Information on the original Dulcibella and it’s final fate.

  7. 16 October, 2015 at 2:35 pmWarren says:

    More that you ever wanted to know about Childes’ Vixen that became the Dulcibella
    (Site opens slowly)

  8. 16 October, 2015 at 2:37 pmWarren says:

    Some really nice similarities to KatieL too , just no bilge keels ,( and lots of other things I guess)

  9. 16 October, 2015 at 7:58 pmEade says:

    Dragging ensigns through (muddy) water isn’t that unusual for classic boats and many people in ‘sloepen’ think it is rather posh to do so.

    I als noticed that the German flags (ensigns?) have different colors from what I see them flying these days. I’ve looked it up on the never failing source of knowledge (wikipedia):
    Flag Date Use Description
    Flag of the German Empire.svg1867–1871National and merchant flag (National- und Handelsflagge)A tricolour, made of three equal horizontal bands coloured black (top), white, and red (bottom)

  10. 16 October, 2015 at 9:46 pmDavid says:

    I seriously need to re-read the book. I don’t remember a diving scene in it!

  11. 17 October, 2015 at 11:50 amdylan winter says:

    I don’t remember a diving scene or cannons either

  12. 20 October, 2015 at 7:18 pmRuss Manheimer says:


    My heart skipped a beat when I watched the video. Dulcibella looks just like a larger Sjogin ( It’s long been a fantasy of mine to retrace the Riddle voyage.


    Russ Manheimer

  13. 20 October, 2015 at 8:04 pmdylan winter says:

    it would be a great journey to do

    can you put her in a container and bring her over


  14. 20 October, 2015 at 10:38 pmWarren says:

    This guy Tim wright
    Has been doing some book mapping of the places in the book and posted half a dozen or so video on utube.
    Benersiel anyone

  15. 21 October, 2015 at 12:12 amWarren says:

    The diving is only mentioned at a dinner party, during the verbal fencing. Curuthers calls their bluff by saying he will go down on the bullion wreck in a diving suite……they agree to let him he then says ok not to worry I’m going back to the uk and they all start believing they are not spy’s after all. ( later he doubles back and jumps on the prototype invasion barge and tug running it aground etc)
    Here is a short audio from the book , it’s a private link.


  16. 21 October, 2015 at 12:36 amWarren says:

    Erskine Childers did have at least one boat of his that survived and was recently restored , it was used for gun running in the Irish question
    ‘”Erskine Childers did indeed become involved in the “Irish Question”, on the Irish nationalist side. The “Asgard” ran guns to Dublin for use in the 1916 Rising against the British, and Erskine Childers is honoured for this and many other activities on the Irish side.”( from the above website)
    A fine looking yacht and preserved as a museum piece. apparently it’s very important to the Irish.

  17. 21 October, 2015 at 8:08 amdylan winter says:


    what do you do for a living? I am sure you missed a career somewhere along the way. Your attention to detail and memory is fantastic.


  18. 21 October, 2015 at 1:29 pmWarren says:

    I have 2 businesses ‘a wood pattern shop and a machine shop ‘….if you think mud it deep try this! Actual not so bad….
    The audio above comes out rather flat compared to the original, missing the nice accents etc, is that the utube compression you mentioned?

  19. 13 March, 2020 at 6:36 amPhilip Ritson says:

    Nice boar but the book makes it clear that Davies’ yacht was a converted life boat with a double diagonal teak hull. Sorry but double ended lapstrake may be very traditional but it is not Dulcibella!

  20. 13 March, 2020 at 6:45 amPhilip Ritson says:

    Sorry boat not boar!

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