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Photographer:Holger Jaschob [View profile]Title:TOVARISHCHAdded:Feb 20, 2005
Photo Category: Traditional rig sailing ships from 120'(36.6m) LOA
Lying high and dry at Volkswerft Stralsund for repair works on a rainy day on 15.10.2003. Later that year she got her original name back, the GORCH FOCK.
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Technical Data
Vessel type:Sailing Vessel
Gross tonnage:1,392 tons
Summer DWT:292 tons

Additional Information
Home port:Kherson
Build year:1933
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Guest on Nov 10, 2007 17:28 (10 years ago)
Hi Holger

I have moved your photograph t the TALL SHIPS CATEGORY.

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Former names: Gorch Fock, Tovarishch
Registered port: Stralsund
Nation: GER
Type of rigging: BARK
Year built: 1933
Yard: Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, GER
Overall length: 82.10 m
Length (hull): 73.60 m
Breadth: 12.00 m
Draught: 5.20 m
Sail area: 1750 m2
Ship's hull: Stahl / Steel
Power: 550 PS
Engine: Skoda

# was built in 1933 for the German navy to replace the overturned "Niobe",
first name was the "Gorch Fock", lauched on 3.5.1933, commissioned on 27.6.1933
# her sister ship is the Romanian "Mircea", the "Eagle" ex-"Horst Wessel"
(1936), "Sagres II" ex-"Albert Leo Schlageter" (1938) and "Gorch Fock II"
(1958) are very similar to these, but have a longer hull
# used as a training ship up to and during World War II and scuttled off
Stralsund in 1945
# salvaged by the Russians on 16. Sept. 1947, after her reconstruction in
Wismar between 23. Sept. 1948 and 15. June 1950 she sailed as a Soviet
Union training ship under the name "Tovarishch" (engl. comrade)
# participated in several races, e.g. the Sail Gdynia 1974, the Sail
New York 1976 and the Sail Bremerhaven 1990 or Hanse Sail Rostock 1994
# later she sailed under the Ukrainian flag
# she was arresetd in Newcastle in 1995 waiting to undergo a general
overhaul, the costs of this overhaul should be paid by English fans
and the promoters of the "Tall Ship Friends" association, towed to
Middlesborough in 1997
# in September 1999 towed to Wilhelmshafen/GER, looked for donators
# brought to Stralsund in autumn 2003, purchased by the "Tallship Friends"
association, on 29. Nov. 2003 renamed the "Gorch Fock" again, open to the
public she looks for donators.

The ship has a web site (German language) @


Steve Ellwood (Admin0
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