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.
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.
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.”