I like this phrasing:
"The Gorch Fock is a modified replica of an older vessel"
The older vessel being one built for the Kriegsmarine and named for Albert Leo Schlageter a militant German right wing nationalist.
Not really. there were six ships built of the Gorch Fock class
- Gorch Fock (original, after sailing for USSR and Ukraine back in Germany as Gorch Fock again http://gorchfock1.de/)
- Horst Wessel (USCGC Eagle)
- albert Leo Schlageter (sold to brasil after WW2, then on to Portugal as NRP Sagres)
- Mircea (built for Romanian Navy, ironically rented by the German navy to fill the gap)
- Herbert norkus (not completed, sunk after the war loaded with gas in Skagerrak)
- Gorch Fock (recycled unused parts and rigg of the Norkus after the war)
After more than half a century she is just rusty and old and worn out. In the last big overhaul mistakes were made that acutllay increased corrosion. Get rid of it and build a new sailing ship with an eye on at least half a century of service with modern accomodations, safety measures etc. even crew members have said so. Nostalgia is undue. We could have bought a whole fleet for the millions dumped into her by now. I bet Damen shipbuilding would offer a discount when buying more than one.
An unexpected cost increase of an overhaul of € 10,- million to € 135,- million is indeed a tad much. https://www.dw.com/e...airs/a-47068441
Those large naval academy sailing ships of another age have always appeared to me to be overly expensive vanity projects.
Not really that expensive. The cadets have to be trained anyway so there are enough hands. Compared to a war ship a sailing ship is much cheaper to maintain and sail. Also the team building and experiencing the ocean should not be discounted. Also they are always good for visiting abroad and making friends.
Edited by Panzermann, 19 January 2019 - 1338 PM.