represents a unique heritage from the days of the tall ships and fast clippers.
Formerly a school ship for the training of young cadets, she is now owned and operated by a non-profit foundation, partly funded by the Norwegian Department of Culture. She now offers adventuresailings for "young people of all ages". The SØRLANDET is the oldest (Note: That isn't correct; the Statsraad Lehmkuhl was build 1914, and brought to Bergen in 1921 by the former cabinet minister Kristofer Lehmkuhl.) of the three Norwegian Tall Ships («Statsraad Lehmkuhl», «Sørlandet», and «Christian Radich»). She was newbuilding no.1 at Høivolds Mek. Verksted, a local shipyard in Kristiansand.
The original capital was a legacy of 25,000 Pounds Sterling established by shipowner O.A.T.Skjelbred. The SØRLANDET was launched in 1927, measured 210 feet and 577 gross tons. She had no engines. Through "Sørlandets Seilende Skoleskibs Institution" (a school/institution for seafarers to be), she became a vital part in the education of young seamen from the southern region of Norway called SØRLANDET.
The SØRLANDET has a friendship association: "Fullriggeren Sørlandets Venner" ("The Friends of the Full-Rigged Ship Sørlandet"). This is an independent and open association established in 1977. Membership subscription NOK 150 per year for individuals and NOK 750 for companies. Contact: Fullriggeren Sørlandets Venner, P.O.Box 616, N-4665 Kristiansand, Norway, for more information.
- Bygget: Høivolds mek. verksted 1927
- Deplasement: 891 tonn
- Bruttoregistertonn: 499 tonn
- Skrogets lengde: 57 meter
- Lengde med baugspryd: 64,15 meter
- Maks bredde: 8,87 meter
- Dypgående: 4,5 meter
- Mastehøyde: 34,2 meter
- Seilføring: 27 seil
- Seilareal: 1.236 m²
- Maks hastighet (seil): 14 knop
- Maks hastighet (maskin): 9 knop
- Motor: 560 HK
- Maks mannskap: 20
- Maks medseilere: 70
- Maks passasjerantall: 150
Sources: Fullriggeren Sørlandet, Wikipedia