Thor Heyerdahl moored in Gothenburg
German 3-masted topsail schooner photographed on 6 July 2013. Originally named Tinka, later Marga Henning, Silke, and Minnow, she was built as a freight carrying motor ship with auxiliary sails at the shipyard Smit & Zoon in Hoogezand, the Netherlands, in 1930.
Her original home port being Hamburg, Germany, she was used for the next 50 years as a freighter. Eventually she sailed under the flag of Panama as Minnow. While awaiting further use in Germany, she was bought in 1979 by two sailing enthusiasts, who turned the now run-down ship into a topsail schooner to use it for sail training, especially for teenagers and young adults. Since then the ship has repeatedly crossed the Atlantic Ocean and sailed in the Caribbean, especially as a classroom under sail with teenage crews. Her home port is now Kiel.
IMO: 5221491. Length overall: 49.48 m, Beam: 6.53 m, Height: 29 m, Draught: 2.9 m. Propulsion: 400 hp Deutz-Diesel, 6 cylinders, from 1951.
Picture added on 17 January 2014 at 11:02