Roald Amundsen moored in the quarantine area of Weymouth Harbour, 14th March 2017

Roald Amundsen moored in the quarantine area of Weymouth Harbour, 14th March 2017

The sailing vessel Roald Amundsen sailed into Weymouth Harbour a couple of days ago. Currently, she is moored up in the customs holding “quarantine” area, so it is difficult to get a good photo – we hope she will be moved further down the Harbour soon and we will try to get a better view.

The Roald Amundsen is a brig, deadweight 480 tonnes, bearing a German flag. She is 50 m long with 7 m beam and she was built in 1952 as a steel-hulled ship, originally named Vilm and operated out of Peenemunde as a supply tanker for NVA (National People’s Army), refitted in 1992/3 as a brig (repurposed and configured in a similar manner to Pelican of London).

She currently operates as a training vessel for LLaS (LebenLernen auf Segelschiffen e.V) and her home port is Eckenforde in Schleswig-Holstein. In our photo, one can see a crew member attending to the upper (lifting) yards (five sails per mast, 3 masts). On the ground, supplies were being logged, ready for loading.

About Jim Groves

Retired Scientist, Chemist, Engineer, Health, Safety and Environmentalist and Defence Specialist, recently retired from WHGLA as Committee Member and IT Manager.)