So we’ve had quite a few antique / tall ship visitors to Guernsey this year, and I have been remiss to document them. Mostly I see them at 6:30am when I drop my wife off at work and cruise past the main harbour leisurely to delay my stupidly early arrival to school. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the name of many of them, and so don’t have any information.
Most recently the Jantje came calling, a schooner-brig from the Netherlands. According to one source she was built in the 1920’s. Her website 'Jantje' has information about her, including some nice pictures of her in full sail.
|Jantje sailing past Sark|
|From her website|
Next we have the Großherzogin Elisabeth a great example of a steel vessel from the end of the Age of Sail. A German freighter from 1909, she’s been around a bit, and there’s loads of information about her on her website 'Elisabeth'; apparently she was one of the earliest vessels fitted with a diesel engine; also, looking at the old photos, it appears she used to be fully square-rigged but nowadays seems to be gaff-rigged.
|The Elisabeth sailing past my bedroom window|
|Just next to Castle Cornet in St. Peter Port|
|Note the original square-rig|
This beautifully square-rigged barque is also German. The Alexander von Humboldt took the place of the ferry that morning, and I really regret not seeing her in full beautiful green sail. She started life being merely called Reserve and acting as a reserve ship – bless her. She saw action in 1945 when she was rammed by a Swedish vessel – and sank. She has a sister ship, the Alexander von Humboldt II built a few years ago. I don't think they have a website, but there's loads of information on their wikipedia entries and from Marine Traffic.
|Taking the ferry berth|
|At full sail with her sister ship|
Below are some other sailing vessels I’ve seen this year: