Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation

Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a three-masted barque rigged sail training vessel owned and operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation. The ship was built in 1914 to serve as a training ship for the German merchant marine. After the First World War the ship was taken as a prize by England. The ship was purchased from England and put into service under Norwegian flag from 1923 and renamed after the former cabinet minister Kristoffer Lehmkuhl. Today, Statsraad Lehmkuhl is Norway's largest and oldest square rigged sailing ship, and the oldest amongst the large square riggers in the world. 

After the ship was transferred to Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation in the mid-1970s, a grand collaborative effort began on behalf of the sailing ship, and a great number of people, organizations and businesses made contributions that resulted in the preservation of the ship. This is one of the reasons why the ship is currently in extremely good, authentic condition. 

In recent years, The Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation, which is the current owner of the ship, has rented the ship out to schools, clubs, companies and other organisations that have used the ship for cruises and shorter trips. The Foundation has also arranged cruises and costal trips that have been open to the public. 

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