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Statsraad Lehmkuhl

Specifications of Statsraad Lehmkuhl
Operations: Naval, Sail Training
Class: A
Rig: 3 Masted Barque
Year Launched: 1914
Length Overall (LOA): 85 Metres
Sail Area: 2026 Square Metres
Home Port: Bergen, Norway
MMSI: 258113000
Previous Names: Grossherzog Friedrich August (1914)|Statsraad Lehmkuhl (1921)|Westwärts (1940-1945)

Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a 85m class A 3 masted barque launched in 1914.

Originally a training ship for the German Merchant Marine, Grossherzog Friedrich August (her name at launch) was taken as a prize by the British during World War 1 then sold to Norwegian Cabinet Minister Kristoffer Lehmkuhl in 1921. She was renamed Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Minister Lehmkul) as a token of appreciation to Kristoffer for his support of the sail training operations of the ship. She was then confiscated by German forces (who temporarily renamed her Westwärts) in 1940 before being returned to her owners after the war.

Today she's used mostly for sail training, with schools, clubs, companies and even the Royal Norwegian Navy renting her out on a regular basis. She also attends many key tall ships events across Europe throughout the year.

Did You Know? Statsraad Lehmkuhl offers an experience known as ‘Sail Training’, a course in personal and professional development championed by youth organisations, multi-national corporations and even navies from across the world.

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