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Showing posts with label Sail Ship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sail Ship. Show all posts

Monday 31 July 2023

Kapitan Borchardt

 Kapitan Borchardt is a iron Polish 3-masted schooner named after Karol Olgierd Borchardt (1905-1986), a Polish writer and captain of the Polish Merchant Marine. She’s the oldest sailing (and training) ship flying the Polish flag. She was launched in the Netherlands in 1918 at the J.J. Pattje & Zoon Waterhuizen shipyard, and christened as Nora, and initially used as an ocean-going cargo.

Due to numerous changes of ownership, she later bore the names Harlingen, Möwe, Vadder Gerrit and In Spé. In 1934, the ship's bow was destroyed in a collision on the Thames with a Dutch motor vessel : The Pinguin.

During the Second W.W. she was used by the Kriegsmarine as a training ship for the U-Boat school located in Gotenhafen. At the end of the war she was towed to Travemüde in 1945, and went back to Netherland in 1953, and later as a cargo sailship to Sweden.

Between 1983 and 1989 she underwent a general restoration to be converted into a cruising/training sailboat under the name Najaden. Equipped with 14 cabins, the schooner sails under Swedish flag and was based in Stockholm. During this period cruises are organized in the Baltic Sea1 from April to October. She carries a max. of 80 passengers per day and 24 on cruise.

On August 30, 2011, the Najaden left Nynashamn in Sweden, to join her new owner, the company Skłodowscy Yachting, under Polish flag. She was christened Kapitan Borchardt on October 8, 2011, in the city of Gdańsk, her new home port.

Photographed at Ardrossan Harbour.

Information courtesy of Ship Nostalgia.

Sunday 11 February 2018


Built in 1891, the Kommandøren was typical of a small Danish cargo vessel of the period. In 1972 she was purchased by Erik Hays Thegersen and names “Kommandøren” of Rømø and berthed in Københaven. In 1983 she moved to the UK to act as a home base for Hays Ships Ltd. Kommandøren continues to be used to promote Hays Ships

Friday 26 September 2014


The Sail Training Ship Pogoria was launched in 1980 at the famous Lenins Shipyard in Gdansk, the cradle of Solidarity movement. During her construction, the future leader of the general strike and later President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner - Lech Walesa, was the yard electrician. She was built for the Iron Shackle Fraternity - a marine educational project sponsored by Polish National Television, conceived and founded by Capt.Adam Jasser. The current operator of Pogoria is the Sail Training Association Poland.

Shipping type: three masted barquentine
Home port:Gdynia
Year of built:1980
LOA:48 m
Beam:8 m
Draft:3.8 m
Sails:1.000 sq.m
Displacement: 295 t
Speed under power: 8 kts
Crew: min 6, max 56

Sunday 10 November 2013

Spirit of Fairbridge

Spirit of Fairbridge is a Sail Training Schooner operated by The Prince's Trust.  

Saturday 13 July 2013


LIV is one of the first two vessels ordered by the Norwegian Rescue Society (founded in 1891). She was built in 1893 by Thor Jensen in Porsgrunn, based on Colin Archer’s modified drawings from Chr. L. Stephansen who won the design competition for a sailing rescue vessel. LIV did her service in Northern Norway from 1894 to 1932.
During this period the statistics show that 132 people were saved from a certain death, 41 ships were saved and 1 338 boats and ships were assisted.
LIV was sold in 1932 to the local Sheriff H.W Hansen at Ibestad, near Harstad and used by the sheriff for his service and also for control of the fisheries.
In 1945, LIV was used as a ferry between Jakobsnes and Kirkenes, certified for 60 passengers.
LIV has participated in 6 Cutty Sark Tall Ships races (1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1997) with very good results. She was First 1 in class, 4 times.
She is seen here at Greenock while participating in the Tall Ships event of 2011.

Sunday 5 August 2012

Bessie Ellen

Bessie Ellen is a trading ketch built in Plymouth in 1904,she now sails with charter crews around Europe.

Saturday 31 December 2011

SS Christian Radich

Built in 1937 for the Norwegian ship owner Christian Radich,she is a three masted full rigged ship normally with a crew of 18,she was used in the BBC telivisiom series The Onedin Line.

Monday 1 August 2011

Irene of Bridgewater

Built by F J Carver and Son in Bridgwater, 1907, Irene is the last of the West Country Trading Ketch's still under sail. She sailed for 50 years as part of the fleet of British Merchant vessels through two world wars and a Great Recession.

For many years she belonged to the Bridgwater Brick and Tile Company plying the waters of the Bristol Channel between Bridgwater and Ireland, carrying cargoes of tiles and bricks. Later she was used for transporting coal and clay around the coast.

She was built to be beached and often unloaded her cargo into carts to be taken by horse across the sands to small isolated communities.

She retired from her trading service in 1960 and then changed hands a few times before being converted to a house boat.

In 1965 she was found in a derelict state in the Hamble river by her present owner, Doctor Leslie Morrish. He bought her for £2,500.00 and began a restoration job that lasted nearly 20 years. His initial task was to motor-sail Irene around to Brentford on the Thames, Irene's home for the next 15 years. The trip was not without mishap; going under Hammersmith Bridge the bowsprit stuck in the last span of the bridge, pierced the pavement, shut the bridge in the rush hour and cut off the gas supply to half of south London. It was a dramatic start to a new life.

When Irene reached Brentford Leslie Morrish and his family lived on board using her as a house boat and restoring her at the same time. Once she had been restored to her former glory she was used for many commercials, film and fashion shoots. Irene played the part of "The Flying Dutchman" in the epic film biography of the composer Richard Wagner.

Four years ago Irene undertook the Atlantic and made the crossing to the Caribbean where she has been available for exclusive charter ever since.