A 105-year-old, three-masted tall sailing ship from Norway will be making a stop in Norfolk next week!
“HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl,” Norway’s oldest and largest sailing vessel, will be docking at Otter Berth next to Waterside on Friday, March 8 for a week-long stay. This will be the ship’s fourteenth time in the harbor, according to Festevents.
Free, guided tours will be given to the public on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The ship was built in 1914 in Germany as a training ship for the German merchant marine under a different name. After World War I, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl was taken by England.
According to Festevents, the ship has been flying under the Norwegian flag since 1923.
It’s currently sailed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy’s first-year cadets. While on board, the cadets work as a team to overcome challenges and dangers of sailing without modern technology.
Norfolk will be the only stop for the ship in the U.S. The 70 cadets will visit Washington, D.C. for tours and educational meetings while they’re here.
Festevents says the Statsraad Lehmkuhl is scheduled to depart the city on Friday, March 15 around 3 p.m., but all of the times, including the tour times, are subject to change due to any inclement weather.