A beautiful Norwegian tall ship sails into Dublin Port this weekend and will be open to the public as part of National Heritage Week. The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a three masted barque rigged sail training vessel and is open for visitors on Saturday (20th August) for a brief two hour period.
It was built in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant marine under the original name Grossherzog Friedrich August. During the First World War she was used as a stationary training ship and after the war was claimed as a prize by England.
In 1921 she was brought by the Norwegian former cabinet minister Kristoffer Lehmkuhl (hence the name, which means “Cabinet Minister Lehmkuhl”. From 1923 the ship was used as a sail training vessel for the Bergen School Ship Foundation until 1967 except from 1940-1945 when she was confiscated and renamed Westwärts by the Germans.
Today she is operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation who rent her out to for training to schools, companies and clubs.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl will sail into Dublin Port Friday evening and dock at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. The ship will be open for the public to view on Saturday from 2pm – 4pm as part of a whole host of events happening around the country for National Heritage Week.