Adolf Vinnen (barquentine)

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Adolf Vinnen at Bass Point
Career (Germany)
Name: Adolf Vinnen
Owner: F A Vinnen & Co
Port of registry: Weimar Republic Bremen, Germany
Builder: Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft
Yard number: 420
Launched: December 1922
In service: February 1923
Out of service: 9 February 1923
Fate: Wrecked
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,840 GRT
Length: 79.90 m (262 ft 2 in)
Beam: 10.40 m (34 ft 1 in)
Depth: 5.80 m (19 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: Sails, two diesel engines.
Sail plan: Barquentine
Complement: Up to 45

Adolf Vinnen was a five-masted barquentine that was built by Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel, Germany. She was wrecked on her maiden voyage in 1923.


Adolf Vinnen was a 1,849 GRT five-masted barquentine. She was 79.90 metres (262 ft 2 in) long, with a beam of 10.40 metres (34 ft 1 in) and a depth of 5.80 metres (19 ft 0 in). She was propelled by sails and two 350 horsepower (260 kW) 4-cylinder diesel engines. She was designed for a crew of 45.[1]


Adolf Vinnen was built in 1922 by Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel.[1] Launched in December 1922,[2] she was yard number 420.[3] She was built for F A Vinnen & Co, Bremen.[1]

On 9 February 1923,[4] during her maiden voyage from Kiel Germany to Barry, Glamorgan, Wales,[3][5] Adolf Vinnen was driven ashore at Bass Point, Cornwall, United Kingdom in a gale. The Lizard lifeboat attended the ship,[4] Her crew of 24 was rescued by breeches buoy from the cliffs above the wreck. Adolf Vinnen was the last large sailing ship wrecked in the Lizard area.[2] The wreck lies in 12 metres (39 ft) of water.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Adolf Vinnen [+1923]". Wrecksite. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "A DIVER'S GUIDE TO THE SHIPWRECKS OF THE LIZARD PART 1 : THE WESTERN LIZARD.". Diver net extra. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "9105 - ADOLF VINNEN" (in English and French). Épaves du Ponant. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Casualty reports" The Times (London). Saturday, 10 February 1923. (43262), col G, p. 7.
  5. ^ Leonard, Alan (2008). "Profiting from Shipwrecks". Picture Postcard Annual: pp14–16. 

Coordinates: 49°57′53″N 5°11′00″W / 49.96472°N 5.18333°W / 49.96472; -5.18333