16 September 1936 to 1945 Ordered: Builder: Blohm
, Hamburg Construction No: Laid down:
13 June 1936 Commissioned:
Rigged Training Ship / Segelschulschiffe Class:
1,750 tons Length:
m overall Beam:
12. m Draft:
4.8 m Propulsion:
Sail area 1.950 m 8 × cylinder MAN Propellers:
10 knots Range:
3,500 nautical miles at 10 knots Crew:
men and officers Armament: Armour Aircraft:
Other: Rigged Training Ships
Articles: 16 September 1936
The rigged training ship Horst Wessel is
Takes command on 17 September 1936
Ends command on 27 January
Takes command on January 1939
Ends command on September 1939
Following WWII, the United States took the Horst Wessel
as a war reparation. It became the U.S.C.G.C. Eagle and has been a training ship
at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut ever since. It has taken
cadets on cruises all over the world since that time, participated in Operation
Sail in New York City and other similar regattas. In the late '60's its bow was
sheared off in the fog by a large, foreign merchant shop. It was repaired and
put back into duty. I had the pleasure of taking two cruises on it in 1966 and
1967. One gets a profound appreciation for seamanship, as well for the courage
of those who sailed on wooden ships in the great Age of Sail. Truly they were
iron men on wooden ships. Semper Paratus!
German Warships, 1815-1945: Major Surface Vessels.
German Warships, 1815-1945: U-boats and Mine Warfare Vessels.
German warships of the Second World War.
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