Herzogin Cecilie

A four-masted steel barque built in 1902 by Rickmers AG, Bremerhaven, for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, as a sail training ship. Her dimensions were 95'72×14,02×7,21 meters.
Lloyd's Register 1903: 314'1×46'0×23'8", 3242 GRT, 2786 NRT and under deck 2672 tons.
Lloyd's Register 1935: 344'8×46'3×24'2", 3111 GRT, 2584 NRT and under deck 2672 tons.

1902 April 22
Launched at the shipyard of Rickmers AG, Bremerhaven, for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen, as a sail training ship. Assigned the German signal QHLK.
1902 June 25
Sailed on her maiden voyage from Bremerhaven for Astoria, OR, under command of Captain Max Dietrich. [Derby has June 27].
1902 August 22
Arrived at Monte Video with severe rig damage.
1902 October 9 — December 13
Sailed from Monte Video to Astoria in 66 days.
Captain Otto Walther assumed command of the ship.
Captain Dietrich Ballehr assumed command of the ship.
1914 July 25
Arrived to Herradura Bay north of Valparaiso after the outbreak of the First World War. After having discharged the cargo of coke she was interned.
1918 November 4
Taken over by the Chilean Navy.
1918 November 18
Towed to Coquimbo.
1920 August 12
Left Coquimbo for Caleta Coloso, Antofagasta, where she arrived on the 14th.
1920 October 1
Left Antofagasta with 3900 tons of nitrate for Europe.
1920 December 23
Signalled Falmouth after 82 days from Antofagasta and got orders for Ostend where she arrived on the 26th of December.
1920 December 31
Returned to Bremen after six years in Chile.
1921 June 20
Handed over to the French government as part of the German war reparations payment.
1921 November 21
Sold to Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn, for £ 4250. Was registered in Mariehamn as No. 703 and was assigned the Finnish signal TPMK. The command of the ship was given to Captain Ruben de Cloux, Föglö, Åland, the wellknown master of the four-masted barque Lawhill.
1927 June 18
Stranded in thick fog off Vorupør, Hanstholm, Denmark. Was pulled off the next morning after having been relieved of the water ballast.
1931 June 2
Passed the Skagens Rev (Skaw Reef) Lightship at 17:00 and at 18:15 she had the Laesø Trindel Lightship abeam. The distance between the two lightships was 26 nautical miles which distance was covered in 75 minutes which gives an average speed of 20 ¾ knots. The maximum speed through the water recorded by the patent log was 19 ¾ knots.
1934 January 1
Was assigned the new signal OHAU.
Sailed from Copenhagen to Port Lincoln in 83 days.
1936 January 27 — April 23
Sailed from Port Lincoln with 4295 tons of wheat for Falmouth in 86 days.
1936 April 23
Was arrested at the arrival to Falmouth because of the collision with the German trawler Rastede, but was released the following day against a bail of £ 2500. Orders were then received to proceed to Ipswich to discharge the cargo.
1936 April 25
Stranded in a fog at Bolt Head, Salcombe, South Devon.
1936 June 19
Re-floated after part of the charge had been discharged and was towed to Starhole Bay where she was beached.
1936 July 17
The keel was broken in the heavy ground-swell.
The cabin and the figurehead are preserved at the Ålands Sjöfartsmuseum.

Pictures: At sea [61 kB].


Updated 1998-10-06 by Lars Bruzelius.

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