Century-old tall sailing ship to stop in Norfolk for extended stay

Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 18:23:26-05

NORFOLK, Va. - Downtown Norfolk will welcome the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a tall sailing ship originally built in 1914, to its harbor for the 15th time in March.

The three-masted steel barque sail training vessel will be in port from Wednesday, March 4 to Friday, March 13. Public tours will be held on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The ship was originally built as a training ship for the German merchant marine, but is currently sailed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy’s first-year cadets, who participate in leadership and team-building training as part of the Norwegian Navy’s basic training program.

According to a release by Norfolk Festevents, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl is the first of three Class A international tall ships scheduled to visit Norfolk in 2020. Additional visiting ships will include the Ecuadorian Bay Guayas from May 16 through May 19 and the Uruguayan Capitan Miranda from June 2 through June 8.

To learn more about the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, click here.