A four-masted barque built of steel in 1904 by W. Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow,
Scotland, as the Kurt for G.J.H. Siemers & Co., Hamburg. The hull was of
the tree-island type and she was rigged with royals over double top-gallant
Her dimensions are 102,2x14,3x8,1 meters [335'3x46'9x26'6] and with a tonnage of 3109
GRT, 2875 NRT and 5300 DWT.
Sister ship to the same owner's four-masted barque Hans built in the same year.
- 1904 April 20
- Launched at the shipyard of W. Hamilton & Co.,
Port Glasgow, Scotland, for G.J.H. Siemers & Co., Hamburg.
- Laid up in the port of Astoria at the outbreak of the First World War.
- Confiscated by the United States and renamed Dreadnought.
- 1917 September 18
- Renamed the Moshulu when it was discovered that there already was another Dreadnought registered in the US.
- United States Shipping Board, Emergency Fleet Corporation.
Sailed with cadets for the American Shipping Board.
- Sold to the "Moshulu Navigation Co. (Charles Nelson & Co.)", San Francisco.
- Bought for $ 40.000 by Charles Nelson
- Laid up in Los Angeles, later to be moved to Lake Union, Seattle, and finally to Windslow, Washington.
- 1935 March 14
- Sold to
Gustav Erikson, Mariehamn, Finland, for USD 12.000
and put on the Australia-Europe weat trade.
- 1940 April 9
- Arrived to Norway at the same time as the Germans were
occupying the country. Laid up in Kristiansand during the rest of the war.
- 1942 March - July
- Used as an accomodation ship by the Germans.
- 1942 November
- Towed from Kristiansand - Horten, where she was
- 1947 September 18
- Drifted during a storm, grounded, foundered and sank.
- Bought for $ 20.000 by Gisken Jacobsen and J.P. Skotnes, Narvik
- 1948 May
- Salvaged, and bought by Tryggve Sommerfeldt, Oslo.
- Sold to Sweden.
- Sold to Hans Schliewen, Hamburg, for his fleet of sail training
ships but never delivered.
- Bought by Svenska Landtmännens Riksförbund, Stockholm, to
be used as a grain barge.
- Bought by the Finnish government to be used for grain storage in
Nådendal. The price was 3200 tons of Russian rye.
- 1970 May
- First bought by Disneyland, California, and then sold to
an American consortium called Specialty Restaurants. Towed to New York after
having been re-rigged with phoney masts and spars in Amsterdam.
- After a year at the South Street Seaport, New York, she was
moved to Philadelphia, PA, to be outfitted as a restaurant.
- A fire in the galley caused the restaurant to be closed.
- Moved to the New York Ship Company pier, Camden.
- The masts was removed prior to planned breaking up of the ship.
- 1996 May
- Moved back to Pier 34, Philadelphia, after repairs and rebuilding. Will be re-opened as a restaurant.
- Four- and five masted ships, general references.
- Grönstrand, Lars: Tolv Åländska seglare.
Monitor, Mariehamn, 1990.
- Colton, J. Ferrel: Britons, Bring the Moshulu Home!
Sea Breezes Vol. 68 (1994), pp 296-298, ill.
- White, James L.: Accuracy vs. Safety, Moshulu Dress Rig.
Third International Conference on the Technical Aspects of the Preservation of Historic Vessels, San Francisco, CA, 1997.
- Wöhrn, Ronald: Ett skepps öden Moshulu.
Longitude, Nr 30, Stockholm, 1994. pp 74-81, ill.
Updated 2003-03-24 by Lars Bruzelius.
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