gorch fock, Germany

Builder Blohm & Voss
Laid down 1958
Launched 1958
Commissioned 1958
Name Gorch Fock
Owner German Navy
Tonnage 1.332(GRT)
Displacement 2006t
Lenght 89,3 meter, 292 feet
Beam 12 meter, 39 feet
Draft 5,3 meter, 17,4 feet
Mastheight 45 meter, 147,6 feet
Sailarea 2.037 SQ meter
21.926 SQ foot
MMSI 211210280
IMO 5133644
Call sign DRAX
Gorch Fock

Since the German Navy lost all its school ships after the Second World War (the pre-war school ships were confiscated by the allied countries), the German Navy in 1957 decided to order a new sail training ship again with the builder of the old famous school ships Blohm & Voss.

The ship was a modernized and slightly changed copy of the Albert Leo Schlageter (today Portugues Sagres II) and Horst Wessel (today USCGC Eagle) but named Gorch Fock (pseudonym of the German poet and writer Johann Kinau) after the first schoolship of the Gorch Fock class of ships, at that time serving as sails training vessel for the USSR navy under the name of Tovarisch.

The ship is rigged as a three mast barque. The Gorch Fock class of ships were already designed as very save ships. They have a righting moment large enough to bring the ship back into upright position even when heeling over to nearly 90o. However extra measures were taken after the tragic sinking of the Pamir in 1957 especially concerning lifesaving equipment and lifeboats. The Gorch Fock is five times winner of the Boston teapot.


German navy: (German)

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