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German Navy Tall Ship ‘Gorch Fock’ Arrives in Dublin Port

Dublin Port Company (DPC) and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ireland have welcomed the arrival of the German Navy’s Tall Ship ‘Gorch Fock’, carrying a crew of 182, most of them young naval cadets. 

Used as a sail training vessel for the German Navy, Gorch Fock is visiting Dublin for the sixth time, the first since 2015. She is named after the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym ‘Gorch Fock’ and was killed in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Measuring 81.4 metres in length, the three-masted barque, commissioned in 1958 and renovated between 2015 and 2021, is Germany’s best-known tall ship. More than 15,000 officer and non-commissioned officer candidates have been trained on board to date.

Led by Captain Andreas-Peter Graf von Kielmansegg, Gorch Fock’s visit to Dublin comes towards the end of her 175th training journey on her way back from Spain and Portugal, a journey involving more than 250 naval cadets in total. On training voyages, the naval cadets learn basic seamanship skills, the importance of teamwork, camaraderie and safe seafaring while enjoying new cultures and countries.

The German Ambassador to Ireland, Cord Meier-Klodt, said, “it is a very special honour to welcome the Gorch Fock, our iconic three-mast navy school ship, and her young and diverse crew to Dublin. Built in my hometown Hamburg in 1958, she is as we call her “our Ambassador under sails”. The visit symbolises our friendship and both our countries’ great maritime traditions.”

Michael McKenna, Harbour Master, Dublin Port Company, said, “tall ship visits to Dublin always capture people’s imagination and curiosity about life on board these spectacular vessels, and Gorch Fock is no exception. For many of the crew, it is their first visit to Ireland and a really important next step in their career at sea.”

Source: Dublin Port

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