A steel fullrigged ship built in 1902 by Chantiers & Ateliers de St. Nazaire, St. Nazaire.
Dimensions: 281'1"×40'7"×22'7" and tonnage: 2299 GRT and 2011 NRT.
The ship is now a museum ship.
- 1902 October
- Launched at the shipyard of Chantiers & Ateliers de St. Nazaire, St. Nazaire, for Societe Anon. des Armateurs Nantais, Nantes.
Assigned the official French Reg. No. _____ and signal ____.
- On her maiden voyage from St. Nazaire to Cardiff in ballast she ran down and sank a British collier off the Bristol Channel. The subsequent enquiry
found that the Laënnec had not been sufficiently ballasted to get
the required stiffness to be managable.
- Sold to Compagnie Plisson
- 1911 December 12
- Damaged in a storm at Santander while discharging her nitrate cargo. Repaired on the spot under supervision of Captain Louis Lacroix.
- Laid up at St Nazaire and later towed to the Canal de la
- 1922 November
- Sold to H.H. Schmidt & Co., Hamburg, and was renamed Oldenburg. Employed as a cargo-carrying sail training ship.
- 1925 March
- Left Hamburg in ballast for Callao.
- 1925 June 2
- Came to Montevideo under jury rig after having lost her main topgallant and top masts and mizzen topgallant mast off Cape Horn.
- Sold to Seefahrt Segelschiffs-Rederei GmbH, Bremen, on behalf of the Nord Germanischer Lloyd.
- Sailed from Bremen to Valparaiso in 106 days.
- Sailed from Iquique to Bremen in 97 days.
- Sailed from Bremerhaven to Callao in 170 days.
- 1930 August
- Sold to the Finnish Government and was renamed Suomen Joutsen. To be used as a sail training ship for the navy. Rebuilt and two Scandia engines were installed.
- Laid up and used as a submarine mother ship during the war.
- Rerigged and used under sail again.
- Last sailing.
- Towed to Åbo to be used as stationary seamen's school for the merchant navy.
- The seamen's school closed and the ownership of the Suomen Joutsen was transferred to the City.
- Square-rigged ships, general references.
- Lille, Sten & Grönstrand, Lars: Finlands djupvattenseglare.
Etelä-soumen kustannus oy, Lieto, 1979. 4to, 224 pp, ill.
- Villiers, Alan & Picard, Henri: The Bounty Ships of France. The Story of the French Cape Horn Sailing Ships.
Patrick Stephens, London, 1972. +8vo, 240 pp, ill.
Updated 1998-06-18 by Lars Bruzelius
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