May 2007 I sailed some days on SEDOV in the Baltic Sea. It was a race
and DAR MLODZIEZY, but sadly we had not much wind. SEDOV is an amazing
ship. Her dimensions are unbelievable. A line that elsewhere
used as brace is here nothing but a buntline and the blocks used for
the halyards are the biggest I have seen so far. About 18 kilometres of
running rigging are employed to work her 32 sails. She carries 4192 sqm
sail area and her main mast is 58 m high (above waterline).
117 m length over all and a displacement of more than 6000 tonnes she
is biggest traditional sailing vessel still afloat.
appliccable traditional methods are used to operate the ship. Anchor
gear and steering system are the same as they had been when the ship
was transporting cargo around Cape Hoorn 80 years ago. The bracing is
done with the help of Jarvis bracing winches which at the time when
SEDOV was built were considered high tech. In contrast to other
windjammers of her time the SEDOV has always been equipped with an
auxilliary engine and an electricity generator and a radio station.
first commissioned in 1921 her name was MAGDALENE VINNEN and she
belonged to the German Vinnen Shipping Comany. In 1936 the barque was
sold to the Norddeutscher Lloyd Shipping Company who changed her into a
school ship for the education of merchant cadets under the name
KOMMODORE JOHNSEN. After the war she was given as a war
the Sovjet Union and being unfit for service she was laid up for some
years. The USSR refitted her and changed her name to SEDOV. Since 1951
she sailed again being used for a combination of cadet education and
hydrographic surveys until 1965. The ship was again laid up and her
future was insecure when the USSR decided a complete reconstruction and
modernization which was completed in 1981.
Since 1981 the ship
serves as school ship for the education of future officers of the
Russian fishing fleet. Her homeport is now Murmansk and she is owned by
the Murmansk State University of Technology.
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