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Norwegian tall ship to visit Baltimore

Don’t miss a chance to see the largest tall ship to visit Baltimore this year. Norway’s Statsraad Lehmkuhl will be arriving Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 and staying through Nov. 11.

The Pride of Baltimore II will be rendezvousing with Statsraad Lehmkuhl, near the Key Bridge at 9 a.m. Nov. 4. America’s Star-Spangled Ambassador will escort the tall ship to the Inner Harbor by 10 a.m.

The best vantage points to see the ships under sail as they enter the Inner Harbor will be from:StatsraadLehmkuhl 2007

  • Broadway Pier in Fells Point (900 S. Broadway)
  • Tide Point (1040 Hull St.,)
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (2400 East Fort Ave.)
  • The Canton Waterfront Park (3001 Boston St.)
  • The Promenade (1001 Aliceanna St.)
  • Federal Hill
  • The Baltimore Museum of Industry (1415 Key Hwy.)

Deck tours of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ship will be docked in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at the West Wall and will depart at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.

The journey

Statsraad Lehmkuhl embarked on a 6-week voyage from its home port of Bergen, Norway, on Sept. 22, and sailed across the North Sea, through the English Channel and into the Atlantic, stopping over in Bermuda.

Captain Marcus A. Seidl has managed to stay under sail for 54 percent of the time in order to save fuel stores. The ship, known for its ecological commitments, prides itself on being a “very green alternative to most other travel methods.”

Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a 3-masted barque, was launched in 1914. Used by the Norwegian Navy as a training vessel, the ship also has many cruises and tours open to the public. The ship, however, is not a passenger vessel. Civilians who come aboard are sailor trainees, participating in all of the activities of the ship and quartering below decks in hammocks, just like sailors of old.

In 2008, the ship was awarded the Boston Teapot Trophy as the fastest sail training vessel in the world during the period October 1, 2007–September 30, 2008. In November 2007, when Statsraad Lehmkuhl was sailing from Baltimore to Belfast with cadets from the Norwegian Naval Academy, she covered a distance of 1,118 nautical miles within a 124 hour period, averaging 9.02 knots. The longest distance sailed during a 4-hour period was 60 nautical miles, and the highest recorded speed was 18 knots over a short period of time.

For details visit the Sail Baltimore website.

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