IF IT IS NOT BETWEEN THE TEN LARGEST SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD, THE STATSRAAD LEHMKUHL WOULD BECOME A PART OF THE OLDEST VESSELS THAT CONTINUES TO NAVIGATE THE WORLD.
The frigate with steel hull and three masts Statsraad Lehmkuhl owned by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation is intended primarily as a school ship for the Norwegian Naval Academy, in addition to chartered schools, clubs, companies, cruise companies, etc. In 2000, the Royal Norwegian Navy chartered the vessel while its school ship was under restoration.
It was built in the German shipyard Johann C. Tecklenborg AG (Bremerhaven-Geestemünde) in 1914 under the name of Großherzog Friedrich August as a school ship for the German merchant marine. The same shipyard built two identical ships, the Prinzess Eitel Friedrich (now Dar Pomorza) and the Großherzogin Elisabeth (now Duchess Anne).
During most of World War I the ship was used as a training vessel in Germany and in 1921 England purchased the vessel and until 1967 served as a training vessel for the Bergen School Ship Foundation, except during the period 1940-1945, when It was confiscated by the Germans confiscated the ship during World War II, it was painted black and renamed Westwärts.
The Bergen School Ship Foundation could not afford the costs of operating this ship. The owner of the ship, Hilmar Reksten, who kept it as a training vessel for the benefit of his own shipping company, until in 1978 it was donated to the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation (Stiftelsen Seilskipet Statsraad Lehmkuhl (SSSL)) who gave it its current name.
He has participated in several competitions, such as the Tall Ships Races, and was awarded the Boston TeaPot Trophy several times since 2008. In 2016 he set a new record; 1,548 nautical miles in 124 h, maintaining an average speed of 12.5 knots.
The ship has a diesel engine of 1,125 hp, however, to remain young the propulsion of the ship will undergo a reconversion installing a hybrid electric propulsion system Rolls-Royce to avoid greenhouse gases during your stay in port. The batteries that will be installed will reduce the number of on-board diesel generators and even from Rolls-Royce they assure that even the ship’s propeller will be able to generate electricity. In addition, the ship will have a ground connection.
The Norwegian state company Enova (which is actively working on the transition of the conversion of Norway into a low emission country) will contribute 4.2 million Swedish crowns (€ 414,947.6) as financial support to carry out this project.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl plays a very important role in the training of the cadets of the Norwegian Naval Academy as well as in the training of merchant seamen. With the update of its propulsive system, the contents of its training will be expanded as they will know firsthand how this system works and carry out maintenance operations on board, etc.
Since last December 15, 2017, the Statsraad Lehmkuhl is in the dry dock of Laksevåg where modifications are being made to its structure to house the batteries. The Norwegian maritime services company Bergen Group Services AS was hired by the shipowner to carry out this reconditioning in addition to being the company that for 5 years (with an option of 2 + 2 years) which will be responsible for the maintenance of the vessel.
Source: Sector Maritimo