The Barque ‘Statsraad Lehmkuhl’ is from Bergen. It is a three masted barque, sea launched in 1914. She is Norway’s oldest and largest sailing wessel.
Facts about Statsraad Lehmkuhl;
Length of hull: 259 ft
Height of rig: 158 ft
Sail area: 2000 sq. meters
Keel depth: 18 ft
Crew: 125 (100 trainees)
BRT: 1701 tons.
Bergen was a host for The Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race in 1993 and 2001. Fullriggers, barques, briggs, schooners, ketches and cutters, ships with tall masts and bowspirits. Tremendous successes.
Imagine yourself, at the helm of the largest three-masted barque or helping to set more than 2000m2 of sail in less than one hour! You need no sailing experience beforehand; professional seamen will train you while you are aboard.
The «Statsraad Lehmkuhl» is not a passenger ship.
You come aboard as a trainee sailor, which means that you participate in the activities of the ship. You’ll be on duty alongside professional seamen – doing anything from being on watch or steering the ship, to working in the galley. The maritime traditions are kept active, especially the sail manoeuvres. For many people, going aloft up the rigging to furl or unfurl sails is one of the most exiting things on board. But this is absolutely voluntary. And there might be time for some shanty singing and a course in tying knots.
You are quartered below decks, in hammocks, just like they did generations ago.
You will meet different people from different countries and with different backgrounds. The strange thing is that, when being out at sea, the companionship is all that matters. The atmosphere on board is indescribable; it has to be experienced!
Norwegian name: Seilskipet Statsraad Lehmkuhl.
Location: Center of Bergen.
Address: By quay: located by Bradbenken / center of Bergen.
Telephone: +47 55 30 17 00.