Kruzenshtern was the last Cape Horner to be built – in 1926 – and was named the ‘Padua’. She first worked carrying cargo on the Chilean nitrate route. With the end of that trade she moved to the grain trade.
The big steel barques of the Flying P Line were built to be driven hard — the skippers were instructed to seek out gales in order to make the fastest passages possible.
As the Padua she once managed 351 nautical miles in one 24-hour period and went out to Port Lincoln in Australia from Hamburg in 37 days. During the war she was laid up in North Germany and in 1946 she was handed over to the Soviet navy as a war prize.
Today the ‘Kruzenshtern’ is the world’s second largest sailing ship and, without a doubt, the most famous ship in the contemporary Russian sailing fleet. The Kruzenshtern is a unique school under sails. It allows future seamen a glimpse at the sailing romanticism of an age gone by as they are training for duties on modern ships.
In 1974 she was the first Soviet ship, together with the Tovarishch, to take part in a Tall Ships Race.
Home: Port Kaliningrad in Russia
Length: 114.4 m
Beam: 14.02 m
Sail area: 3.553 m²
Speed under sail: 17.3 knots