My Love of Tall Ship Sielskipet Stratsraad Lehmkuhl

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One of my “favorite places” to be is in downtown Norfolk, Virginia on the waterfront especially when one of the tall ships are docked near Waterside.

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Granted it was a cloudy day earlier this week in Norfolk, yet the grandeur of this amazing tall sailing ship, Seilskipet Statsraad Lehmkuhl is simply breathtaking. In comparison, November of 2017 it also made a stop in Norfolk and the “view” was amazing as it was a beautiful day. I also had the opportunity to go aboard for a tour. The wood and craftsmanship was so detailed and exquisite.

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A little history: “Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a three-masted steel barque, built in 1914 in Bremerhaven, Germany as a training ship for the German merchant navy and originally called Grossherzog Friedrich August. A Bergen ship owner bought the ship in 1967 to continue using her for sail training doing so at his own expense between 1968 and 1972 until the oil crisis in 1973 when she was laid up in Bergen Harbour. In 1978, she was donated to the Stiftelsen Seilskipet Statsraad Lehmkuhl – The Foundation for the Tall Ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl, which now owns and operates the ship.”

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Those of us that live in this region are blessed to be able to see and do shipboard visits of these amazing tall ships that make a stop in Norfolk. VisitNorfolk Virginia is for Lovers .

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12 thoughts on “My Love of Tall Ship Sielskipet Stratsraad Lehmkuhl

  1. I forget how lucky we are in this area to see such specimens!! Thanks for reminding me of our simple beauties that can sometimes be taken for granted!


  2. What a beautiful elagent ship and a wonderful presentation of the ship, keep sending anything you write about. It is great history and magnificent pictures!!!


  3. So much history in our region’s water ways! Thank you for sharing. I’ve lived here for 18 years and have never toured a tall ship. This is now on my “to do” list.


    1. Sara, the perfect time will be in June during Harborfest in downtown Norfolk. Follow Festevents and/or Visit Norfolk on FB. They will post the schedules of free on board tours. It is also really neat to watch the Parade of Sail as the ships come into port. I went to the public pier behind Nauticus where “Sail Norfolk” launches from. It was like having a front row seat. Its a free public pier too.


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