This headline caught my attention in yesterday’s copy of the Guernsey Press
The German sail training vessel docked in St Peter Port on Wednesday for just one night, so I missed seeing it myself.
With our recent coverage of the Scott-Amundsen race to the pole, our support of the UK’s Scott team, and the subsequent interst in the commemorative pipe we had commissioned, I would have liked to have seen the ship first hand, and perhaps managed a tour of the vessel. However, it was not to be, so here’s the press report in a nutshell for all those interested.
The vessel is named in honour of the Norwegian explorer, and is a brig, 50 metres in length. It arrived from Vego in NW Spain via St Malo, France. It was initially designed as a fishing lugger, the hull being built in 1952, and was equipped to service the E German military fleet. Presently it operates out of its home port of Eckernforde, near Kiel in northern Germany, as a sail training ship, with voyages lasting between 1 and 3 weeks. It satyed for one night in St Peter Port alongside No.1 berth.
For more information please see the brig Roald Amundsen’s official website.