The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is the oldest and largest of the great
Norwegian sailing ships. Built in 1914 as a training ship for the
German merchant navy, not until 1923 was she launched as a training
ship under the Norwegian Ship owners’ Association – with all thanks
due to Cabinet Minister Kristoffer Lehmkuhl from which this proud
ship takes her name.
Her service as a training ship came to an end in the 1970s, and for
many years she was laid up. In 1986 she was recommissioned and is
currently owned and operated by Stiftelsen Statsraad Lehmkuhl (The
Foundation for the Tall Ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl). The aim is to keep
the vessel under sail, and in recent years the Norwegian Marine
Defense has used it for cadet training. In addition, Statsraad
Lehmkuhl is dependent on paying passengers keen to experience daily
life at sea as it is lived aboard a great sailing ship.
Accommodation is still in hammocks on the orlop deck, and all hands
are required to sail the vessel.