|Namesake:||Country of Germany|
|Builder:||Tecklenborg Shipyard, Geestemünde|
|Launched:||14 June 1927|
|Commissioned:||Delivered: late 1927|
|Fate:||Moored in Vegesack, as a museum ship|
|Status:||Museum Ship in Vegesack, Bremen, Germany|
|Class & type:||Sail training ship|
|Propulsion:||Steam, propeller, ship's sailing rig|
|Complement:||158: 8 officers, 110 petty officers, 140 enlisted and merchant marine cadets|
The Schulschiff Deutschland ("School Ship Germany") was employed as a school ship ship for the merchant marine beginning in 1927. This last German full-rigged ship is maintained as a memorial and museum ship. located at Vegesack, in the Federal State of Bremen, Germany. Since the name Deutschland was at the time of its building already assigned to an unbuilt naval warship (a pocket battleship, later renamed the Lützow), its official name is Schulschiff Deutschland.
The ship carries 25 sails with a sail area of 1950 square meters.
The top speed on engine is 12 knots, and on sail 18.2 knots.
The Schulschiff Deutschland was given in 1927 by the German Training Ship Club as the fourth merchant marine training ship in series.
From 1927 to 1939 she undertook training trips overseas and in North and Baltic Sea.
During World War II cruises were limited and these trips were only held in the Baltic Sea. After the war the ship was delivered up as war reparations, returned in 1952.
Between 1949 and 1952, she served three years as a hostel before it was subsequently used in Bremen as a stationary training ship for seamen students.
In 1994 she was protected by law as a floating monument and renovated in 1995/1996 in Bremen-Vegesack.
Until July 2001 ship mechanic students lived on board, taking their classroom training in a school center in Bremen. With the cessation of such training in Bremen, this aspect of the ships's Nautical School was closed.
Today, the Schulschiff Deutschland is located in Bremen-Vegesack where it can be viewed as a maritime memorial or used as overnight accommodation. It can also be booked for celebrations, seminars and exhibitions for events. Once a month (all year), civil weddings are performed and participants can stay overnight in 30 double cabins and in the master's suite.
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For training in maritime practice up until the Second World War the ship made regular ocean voyages. In the winter destinations would have been overseas (mostly in German colonial Africa and in South America), while in the summer ports in the North and Baltic Sea would be destinations. From 1927 to 1939, twelve overseas trips were made. From 1928 to 1944 seventeen North Sea and Baltic Seas tours were made.
For Sail Bremerhaven 2005, the Schulschiff Deutschland was re-entered on the ship list.
- Reinhold Walker (1927–1933)
- Walter von Zatorski (1933–1936)
- Ernst Sieck (1936–1938)
- Otto Bauer (1938–1945)
- O. Hattendorf (1945–1953)
- K. Köppl (1953–1961)
- O. Hattendorf (1961)
The three sister ships of Schulschiff Deutschland also survive:
- Dar Pomorza (originally Prinzess Eitel Friedrich)
- Duchesse Anne (originally Großherzogin Elisabeth)
- Statsraad Lehmkuhl (originally Großherzog Friedrich August)
- Hans-Georg Prager: Schulschiff Deutschland - Weißer Schwan der Unterweser. Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft: Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-7822-0706-8
- Gerhard Eckardt: Vollschiff Schulschiff Deutschland. Hauschild Verlag: Bremen 1969, ASIN B0000BQS96