Statsraad Lehmkuhl


Cinematic action! Norway’s largest sailing vessel looks like a real film set: The Statsraad Lehmkuhl has an impressive and romantic appearance with the length of 98 metres and over 2000 m² of sail – you’d better roll up your sleeves! All of this under supervision of Captain Marcus A. Seidl and his 22-man crew. The Statsraad Lehmkuhl takes daytrips, but also cruises of 10 days. Naturally the Ship regularly competes in the Tall Ships Races. This Nordic giant often finishes in the top three.


The three-masted bark Statsraad Lehmkuhl was built in 1914 as a trainee ship for the German commercial shipping, carrying the name of ‘Grossherzog Friedrich August’. After the First World War the ship was taken by the British army as a trophy of war and sold in 1921 to the former minister of Norway; Kristoffer Lehmkuhl. That explains the name, Statsraad Lehmkuhl, which literally means ‘Cabinet Minister Lehmkuhl’. With the exception of both World Wars the vessel has always served as a training ship. Ship tycoon Hilmar Reksten bought her in 1967 to prevent Statsraad Lehmkuhl from falling into foreign hands. Twelve years later he donated the ship to the foundation ‘Stiftelsen Seilskip Stadsraat Lehmkuhl’. The foundation has been the owner and manager since.


The interior of Statsraad Lehmkuhl is spacious and comfortable. There are two lower deck floors, where you will find the sleeping quarters that facilitate hammocks for everyone. Also on the lower deck there are large day rooms where at times the crew members give theory lessons or teach you how to make knots. There is also plenty of space to relax in between the action.


Shipping type: Bark

Homeport: Bergen (NO)

Date built: 1914

Restored: 1990

Capacity: 150

Length: 98m

Beam: 12,6m

Draught: 5,2m

Sail: 2026 m2

Height of mast: 48 m

Engine capacity: Bergen Diesel, 1125 BHP

Displacement: 1516 ton

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