一枚の特選フォト⌈海 ＆ 船⌋
訓練船「ジョゼフ・コンラッド」 Training ship Joseph Conrad
[Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut, USA]
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Built: 1882, Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, Denmark
Length: 111', Beam: 25', Draft: 12'
The Joseph Conrad has served as a training ship for more than a century under three different national flags. In 1881 Danish industrialist Carl F. Stage commissioned the Burmeister and Wain shipyard to design and build a small iron sailing ship as a training vessel for boys planning careers at sea. Named the Georg Stage in memory of his son, the ship cruised the Baltic and North Sea for a half century, carrying 80 cadets at a time during six-month training cruises. In 1905 she sank in a collision, with the loss of 22 boys, but was raised and repaired.
In 1934 Australian sailor Alan Villiers bought the ship, renamed her Joseph Conrad and continued to use her to teach seamanship. With a crew of professional seamen and paying cadets, he made a two-year, round-the-world cruise.
Villiers then sold the ship to financier G. Huntington Hartford, who converted her to a yacht with a diesel engine and luxuary accommodations. After only three years, Hartford turned the ship over to the U.S. Maritime Commission. During World War II she trained U.S. Merchant Marine personnel in Florida.
Finally, in 1947 President Harry S. Truman signed an act of Congress giving the Conrad to Mystic Seaport. She was towed on her final voyage from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Mystic. Although she does not leave her wharf, the Conrad remains a training ship. At Mystic Seaport the Conrad Program enriches young people as they live aboard and "learn by doing." Boys and girls age 12 to 16 receive instruction in sailing, rowing, seamanship, and maritime life. [I.D. 47.1948]