The Adastra’s top speed hovers around 22 knots, giving it considerable get-up-and-go for a personal luxury yacht, while its fuel-sipping, 1,150hp Caterpillar engine allows it to travel 4,000 miles in a single trip. If you’re looking to get your hands on the Adastra, you’re out of luck: There’s just one of these remarkable vessels in the world, and it’s already spoken for.
Today (Friday 19th August) at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay the very impressive and beautiful Norwegian Tall Ship, S/S Statsraad Lehmkuhl, was open to the public so I took the opportunity to go onboard and take a few photographs using a Sony NEX-5 camera.
The purpose of the visit was to promote The The Tall Ships Races 2012 – Dublin event. As final host port for the 2012 Tall Ship Races, the event will see up to 100 Tall Ships sail into Dublin for a 4 day Festival and celebration, from Thursday the 23rd August to Sunday 26th August, 2012. Ships from as far away as Chile, Mexico, Argentina, USA and European and Baltic countries including Italy and Norway will sail to Dublin.
The Tall Ships’ Races are races for sail training “tall ships”. The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a “cruise in company” between the legs. Over fifty percent of the crew of every ship participating in the races must consist of young people.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a three-masted barque rigged sail training vessel owned and operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation. It is based in Bergen, Norway and contracted out for various purposes, including serving as a school ship for the Royal Norwegian Navy.
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.
In 2000, it was chartered by the German Navy while their Gorch Fock was overhauled.