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pirate ship model

A picture is worth a thousand words.  We post large, high resolution photos.  Not all models are equal.  Compare carefully to see the vast difference between cheap toys and a nautical art piece.

In the most expensive movie ever made to date ($410 million), only the Black Pearl is fully operational.   Tri-Coastal Marine designed three full size ships for Pirates of the Caribbean 2.

In the first movie, the Black Pearl was a steel barge with wooden structures built on top to resemble a real ship.  In addition, a soundstage set was used to achieve better control over fog machines. For the second and third movies, a floating sailing ship was actually built in the shipyards at Bayou La Batre in Alabama.

The Black Pearl was originally named Wicked Wench before she was ordered burned and sunk by Lord Beckett. Davy Jones raised her from the sea floor after making a pact with Jack Sparrow who rechristened her the Black Pearl.

It was said that she was “nigh uncatchable.” Indeed, in the three films, she either overtakes or flees all other ships, including the Interceptor (the fastest ship in the Caribbean) and the Flying Dutchman.   She is noted in At Worlds End as being “The only ship as which can outrun the Flying Dutchman.”  Her speed is derived from a large amount of sails she carries. 


The 10' long model above was made for Mr. Charlie Bailey who supervised the construction of the 3 massive ship models used in Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  Delivery was on Feb 14, 2012 in Novato, California.   The beautiful hand-carved figurehead was produced by ModelShipMaster's gifted in-house artisan.   Please click on thumbnails for larger photos.

Below is a picture of the world's largest Black Pearl model in existence.  We completed it in September, 2017.  It is currently hung from a ceiling at a famous tourist attraction in Minnesota, USA.  


This scratch-built primarily wood Black Pearl pirate ship model comes in two sizes:

36" L x 35" T x 11"W $2,700 shipping and insurance in the US included. Other countries: $400 flat rate.  Light feature is included.

30" L x 28" T x 8"W $2,300 shipping and insurance in the US included. Other countries: $300 flat rate.  Light feature is included.

Model is built per commission only. We require only a small deposit to start the process (not full amount, not even half) $500    The remaining balance won't be due until the model is completed, in several months.

And please click on the blue wordings to check out our beautiful Flying Dutchman pirate ship, Jolly Roger pirate ship, and the Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge pirate ship model.


"My name is Kathy. A couple of years ago I purchased a model ship from you The Black Pearl. I was blown away by the exact and precise detail and care you put into the model. I am thoroughly pleased with this and I was planning on purchasing another model from you. I want the USS Constitution, the Special Edition. But on your website, it says this item is sold out. It says also that if you are interested in a sold out item, to email you. I was wondering if it is possible to purchase this item or place an order for a later date.  Also, I was considering ordering your Queen Anne's Revenge (historic model, not the one from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) and the Sloop William.  These items do not have sold out next to them and I was curious if they were In stock or if they would take time to manufacture.  Every day I wake up and appreciate the model I have. I hope to do business with you again. Please contact me as soon as you can to answer my questions. Thank you very much."                                                                                                                         

"The Black Pearl is in the Caribbean and has made birth in Case Pilote.  Everything went well.  The model is splendid.  Thank you very much for the state of the art work.  Best Regards, Bruno"

Be aware of some cheap Black Pearl models flourishing out there.   Some of the easy-to-spots:
- Wrong number of cannons
- Way too short bowsprit (for shipping convenience?) 
- Bowsprit has very limited amount or rigging or none at all
- Too bulky hull (short and thick)
- Wrong stern gallery
- Dummy guns that were inserted into the hull (no real carriages inside)