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Belem Cisne Branco Cuauhtémoc Danmark Eagle
Elcano Gorch Fock James Craig Kaiwo Maru Kruzenstern
Lehmkuhl Libertad Młodzieży Palinuro Picton Castle
Sagres Sedov Stad Amsterdam Tenacious
Belem
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The French built vessel Belem is operated by owners in France, the United Kingdom, Italy and rigged originally as a barque and later as a barquentine.

Today back in France and owned by the Foundation Belem, the Belem is refitted again as a barque.

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Cisne Branco
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Cisne Branco is a fullrigged ship operated by the Brazilian Navy as a training sailing vessel for cadets

The ship is built by Damen Shipyard, Amsterdam, The Netherlands between 1998 and 2000

Cisne Branco is a sistership of the Dutch operated Stad Amsterdam

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Cuauhtémoc
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Built by Celaya Shipyard, Bilbao, Spain (1981/2) the barque ARM Cuauhtémoc is operated by the Mexican Navy as a cadets training vessel

The design is based on the sailing ships built by the German shipbuilder Blohm und Voss

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Danmark
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As the full rigged successor of the lost school-ship København, the Danmark became the principle training ship of Denmark. Launched in 1932 the ship was used for training purposes till the outbreak of World War II. At that time the vessel was visiting the USA and ordered to stay there. When the USA entered the war in 1941 the ship was used as training ship of the US Coast Guard. After the war the Danmark returned to Denmark and resumed her training duties till today.

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Eagle
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Originally built (1936) by Blohm und Voss as Horst Wessel, a Gorch Fock class ship, the, in 1946 as USCGC Eagle renamed barque, is now in operation as training ship for the United States coast guard

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Elcano
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The Spanish navy vessel Juan Sebastián de Elcano is a four-masted topsail schooner. With her 113 meter (370 feet) the largest schooner in the world.

The ship is built (1925 - 1928) by Echevarrieta y Larrinaga Shipyard, Cadiz, Spain, like her sistership the Chilean barquentine Esmeralda

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Gorch Fock
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Since Germany lost all its schoolships after the World War II, in 1958 the German Bundesmarine decided to order a new trainingvessel and name her Gorch Fock. The ship was built as a copy of the original barque Gorch Fock build in 1933 and since 1945 owned by the Soviet Navy under the name of Tovarisch

The orginal is now back in German service as a museumship under her original name. For that reason this German schoolship is unofficially called Gorch Fock II.

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James Craig
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Originally named Clan Macleod, the in 1874 built barque James Craig was operated by several shipowners from Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. Abandoned in 1932 the ship became a wreckage near Tasmania.

In 1972 a number of Australian volunteers re-floated the very damaged hull and after extensive repair the James Craig became again fully operational in 2001.

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Kaiwo Maru
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The Kaiwo Maru is operated by the National Institute for Seatraining of Japan. Like her sistership Nippon Maru also a barque, she replaces a previous trainingship with the same name and is therefore generally called: Kaiwo Maru II.

The four-mast barque is in operation since 1988.

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Kruzenstern
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The Russian vessel Kruzenstern is the second largest trainingship still in operation. Originally built as a barque rigged gargovessel for the German firm F.Laeisz under the name of Padua mainly for saltpeter and wheat.

Since 1946 the ship is owned by first the Soviet navy and later the Russian navy.

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Lehmkuhl
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The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation, can be contracted for various commercial voyages and is used for official purposes by the Norwegian government.

The vessel was originally built in 1914 as school-training barque for the German merchant-marine under the name of Grossherzog Friedrich August. In 1919 the ship was taken by the British government and in 1921 sold to Norway.

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Libertad
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The fullrigged Argentinian schoolvessel ARA Libertad is built at the Rio Santiago Shipyard in Argentina. The ship is operated by the Argentinian navy for instruction voyages by naval cadets.

The ship proudly holds the record for transatlantic crossing (only sail navigation) between Cape Race and Dursey Island.

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Mlodziezy
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The Polish Dar Młodzieży is, with her sisterships: Druzhba; Khersones; Mir; Pallada and Nasheda, one of the largest fullrigged threemast sailingships of the world. All these ships are designed by Zygmunt Choreń and built on the shipyard of Gdansk.

The vessel is operated by the merchant-marine for training purposes.

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Palinuro
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Built in 1933 and intended as a barquentine. However after bankruptcy of the original owner, finished as a schooner. The new owner Pècheries du Labrador in Saint-Malo France used her for cod fishing under the name of Commandant Louis Richard. In 1948 she was renamed as Jean Marc Aline and now again as barquentine used for fishing in the Southern Indian Ocean.

In 1951 the ship was bought by the Italian navy as sail training vessel under the name of Palinura.

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Picton Castle
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Built in 1928 as a steam-trawler, the Picton Castle made quite some career. During World War II as a minesweeper becoming the first allied ship entering liberated Norway. And came than from 1955 onwards in Norwegian service with a number of owners and names. First converted to a freighter, than to a refrigerated cargo ship and ending as a suction dredger.

In 1993 the ship came into Canadian service and was converted to a sailing barque, again with her old name Picton Castle.

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Sagres
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Originally built in 1937 as a barque under the name of Albert Leo Schlageter for the German Kriegsmarine, she was at the end of World War II together with her sistership Horst Wessel (USCGC Eagle) confiscated by the United States. In 1948 the US sold her to Brazil, where she was renamed to Guanabara.

In 1961 the Portuguese navy bought her and renamed her Sagres.

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Sedov
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Built as four masted barque and named after the wife of the owner, the German Magdalene Vinnen II (the second ship with this name) was used for transport of coal, wheat and saltpeter to and from Australia and South America.

After the Second World War the vessel was confiscated by the Soviet Union, renamed as Sedov and used as sails training ship.

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Stad Amsterdam
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The very modern ship Stad Amsterdam (built in 1998) combines the look and feel of a historic clipper with present-day requirements. The construction of the ship is an initiative of the municipality of Amsterdam (hence the name) and Randstad Holding. They still partner in the shipping company: Rederij Clipper Stad Amsterdam.

The vessel is a full rigged ship build by Damen Shipyard, Amsterdam.

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Tenacious
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The Tenacious is designed to accommodate passengers with all physical abilities. Together with the Lord Nelson the ship is operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The Tenacious is the first British wooden tall ship since the 19th century.

The vessel is constructed as a barque at the Jubilee Yard.

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