Eye of the Wind
|Name:||Eye of the Wind|
|Operator:||FORUM train & sail GmbH|
|Builder:||C. H. Lühring Werft, Brake, Germany|
|Out of service:||Still sailing|
|Renamed:||1911 - 1924 Friedrich, 1924 - 1926 Sam, 1926 - 1955 Merry, 1955 - 1960s Rose Marie, 1960s - 1973 Merry, 1973 Eye of the Wind|
|Length:||40.23 m (132 ft) (LOA)|
|Beam:||7.01 m (23 ft)|
|Draft:||2.70 m (9 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Sail, engine: 600 HP|
The Eye of the Wind is a ship built in 1911 by C. Lühring of Brake, Germany, originally as a topsail schooner named Friedrich.
The Friedrich was initially used as a schooner for the South American hide trade. In 1923 she was registered in Sweden and under the name Merry, and was used for transport in the Baltic and North seas, and for fishing herring off the coast of Iceland during summer. In 1969, then stripped of her masts and sailing as a motor vessel, she was severely damaged in a fire that all but ended her days on the sea.
In 1973 a group of sailing enthusiasts, including Anthony "Tiger" Timbs, who later became her Master, starting rebuilding her as a sailing ship in Faversham, England. In this restoration she was rigged as a brigantine by Master Rigger Wally Buchanan. After the restoration was completed she was given the name Eye of the Wind, inspired by Sir Peter Scott's book published in 1961. In October 1976, three years and eight months after her purchase by the new owners, Eye of the Wind set sail for the first time since the restoration, on course to Australia.
In 1978, she set sail from Plymouth as the flagship of Operation Drake, a 2-year sailing expedition, which brought her back to London in December 1980.
While under the care of Tiger Timbs the ship was hired for several film roles. During the fiming of Tai-Pan, the film producers had it fitted with a tan coloured sail set in order to be able to play two different ships. The tan sails was retained after filming.
In 2001, she was taken over by a new owner and registered in Gilleleje, Denmark. Her interior underwent substantial renovations. Also, the new owners decided to call her rig a brig. This was only a change of naming, the rig remained the same since the filming of Tai Pan. Again in 2009 she found a new owner with the Forum Media Group, Germany.
- Eye of the Wind, by E. A. Mitchener (1984 Published by the author 1984, ISBN 0-9591286-0-3)
- Eye of the Wind - Einem Traum auf der Spur (German), by Harald Focke and Ulf Kaack, 2014, Forum Media ISBN 3865863795
Eye of the Wind has been used for several film and television roles.
- The Blue Lagoon (1980) where the ship appears as the Northumberland.
- White Squall (1996) as the Albatross.
- Tai-Pan (1986) as the Morning Cloud and the White Witch.
- Nate & Hayes (1983) as the Leonora.
- Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude (1998) This was an episode of the U.S. television series NOVA.
- "Eye of the Wind", by E. A. Mitchener
- Eye of the Wind Family
- Present Owners
- Video, on youtube, of the ship being sailed.