Monday, May 24, 2010

Statsraad Lehmkuhl - 3 Masted sailing Barque

The Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a 3 Masted sailing Barque rigged sail training vessel was alongside Victoria Pier over the weekend. It was also one of the vessels that took part in the last 'tall ships race'.

It is owned and operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation and is based in Bergen, Norway and contracted out for various purposes, including serving as a school ship for the Royal Norwegian Navy (using RNoN's prefix "KNM", English: "HNoMS").

It was built in 1914 as a school training ship for the German merchant marine under the name Grossherzog Friedrich August. After the First World War the ship was taken as a prize by the United Kingdom and in 1921 the ship was bought by former cabinet minister Kristoffer Lehmkuhl (hence the name, which means 'Cabinet Minister Lehmkuhl'). With the exception of the Second World War, when she was captured by German troops and called Westwärts, the ship has belonged to Bergens Skoleskib until it was donated to the Foundation in 1978.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, myyyy, you had a ball, Kev!!! :))
    I saw her from the staffroom but then it was too late by lunchtime... Fabulous shots! :)


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