Sailing ship arriving in Bergen, Norway, after a three month journey across the Atlantic.

Sailing ship arriving in Bergen, Norway, after a three month journey across the Atlantic.
Sailing ship arriving in Bergen, Norway, after a three month journey across the Atlantic.

Manning the yards and singing your heart out.

What an awesome way to come home.

I live for this shit

It's funny because Tall_Ships_for_Life's username is very applicable to their comment. beep bop if you hate me, reply with "stop". If you just got smart, reply with "start".

Username checks out.

The sea does unspeakable things to men.

Every fall the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy rents the ship for their cadets to send them on a three month journey around the world to teach them basic seamanship and leadership skills. Other parts of the year they are open for schools and organizations to rent, and they have other journeys where individuals can sign up and pay to go on.

Edit: I accidentally a few words.

Hoping to get to do that this summer, planning to see if I can get a spot on the ship for The Tall Ships Races.

Also an awesome way to come out.

Great, now I wanna play Black Flag

For anyone interested in tall ship sailing, there's a program where you can be trained in sailing one on the US west coast from here:

I did this a couple years ago and it was among the greatest experiences of my life. It's around $750 for the two week training program, after which you can volunteer any time for free. I hear many other tall ships will let you volunteer any time no questions asked if you pass this program, as well.

Yes it does. beep bop if you hate me, reply with "stop". If you just got smart, reply with "start".

ITT redditors realize they yearn for the sea.

So maybe you can explain this. Whats the financial aspect of this? Are they making money? Is this just for fun? That looks like a really expensive ship. Why and how are they just going out for months at a time to do this? I really don't know anything about it and am curious.

three month journey around the world

basic seamanship

Nobody tell magelin Magellan.

Edit: I am now sober and correcting my spelling seems like an achievable goal.

The sea does unspeakable things to men.

At least they're not dying of scurvy.

Username checks out.

I assure you, they're very happy with their easy to clean decks, proper bunking, toilets and kitchens. Tall Ship sailing is no easy ride for the most part.

Bully in the Alley

For those in the mood for more shanties:

Roll the Old Chariot

Barret's Privateers

Spanish Ladies

Randy Dandy Oh

Fuck em' All NSFW (Its a WWII shanty after all)

And while its not technically a shanty: Mainland by the Real McKenzies

The acoustics of the harbor and weather conditions are both happening here. But proper breath control and mouth shaping will do it. Source: loud vocalist

Everyone aboard that ship is very nice. They docked in my city a couple of years ago. Toured it for free. Beautiful ship!

Oh stop it, it was fabulous!

Hi Lev

I went to that sight and read it with interest. Would you explain what kind of work you had to do while on the ship? What were some of the worse jobs you had to do? How many hours per day did you work? How many full time sailors were there and how many paying workers were there? -Mony

That was some tingle down the spine awesomeness.

I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to leave this summary of your journey. It was fascinating and really cool to read.

Thank you!


The US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is about the same size as the Statsraad Lehmkuhl. It's used as a sail training ship by the Coast Guard, just like the Norwegian ship. Both were built by Germany in the early 20th century, too, interestingly enough.

The Eagle -

my grandpa was on the first crew to take that from germany. it's a point of pride in my family


How do I get to be as loud as that guy?

You can say that again.

aw fuck I thought I'd get him


Fascinating. I don't think I've seen a modern vessel that is also propelled by sails in this way, at least at that size.

Also I couldn't help but wonder if those guys were tethered to the mast during that. If not the one guy was just holding on with one hand. That's some major balls.

Dude, Blackwake.


I watched the entire thing with the volume off. I thought it was kinda cool how they were all standing, but I feel stupid.

I like this bot

Did it shiver your timbers?

Man O' War: Corsair

If you want a REAL sailing game, is where its at.

shh, this is a library.


They've just never been out to sea for longer than a week or two lol. After 3 months that shit sucks.

I spent a week sailing from France to the Netherlands last year on a tall ship. I didn't mind paying my way aboard- as I see it, it's being put to a good cause the same way my museum membership is. 

The sunrises alone were worth it.

I spent a week sailing from France to the Netherlands last year on a tall ship. I didn't mind paying my way aboard- as I see it, it's being put to a good cause the same way my museum membership is.

I'm glad you marked Fuck em' All as NSFW. I wasn't sure from the title.

Still pretty crazy. I work about 1 km from where this ship came in. I could hear them clearly through my closed office window.

Whatever its gender, it sure has firm hindquarters I'd like to dock my boat into.

my grandpa was on the first crew to take her from germany. he kept some locker key, and then went on a tour on it like 30 years later or something. he went to the locker and opened it up with his key to fuck with the tour guide, haha

I'm 'gellin

That gave me shivers. Really cool

Can't believe nobody's said Sid Meier's Pirates yet- absolutely one of my all-time favorites.

Hilmar Reksten was never prime minister of Norway, and he donated the ship in 1978 to the Foundation for Sailingship Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Stiftelsen Seilski­pet Statsraad Lehmkuhl). If you're thinking about Statsråd Kristoffer Lehmkuhl himself, he was never prime minister, he was a member of the cabinet.

But it was on Kristoffer Lehmkuhls initative, while he was the managing director of Det Bergenske Dambskibsselskab, that Norges Rederiforbund bought the ship. Bergen Rederforening equipped the ship and had it for a five month test voyage where upon it was passed on to Bergens Skoleskip where it served as a school ship until 1966. In 1966 due to dwindling monetary support from the Norwegian government Hilmar Reksten took over the boat.



My pleasure to recount! I should really write a few pages to give a proper taste of the experience, but this summary should do for now.

The realism!

In 1750 most of the crew slept in hammocks stacked 3 high in the hold.

The head (toilet) was basically a box without a bottom on the deck at the front of the ship with a floor made of slats so the ocean waves could just come in and wash the area out.

A berth that was barely larger than the bed it contained was a luxury reserved for officers and passengers. And quite often an officer would have to give up his berth for any passengers because a ship did not have a surplus of berths.

Reminds me of the threads where everyone said they'd volunteer to live on Mars. Have ya really thought it all the way through guys?

As I mentioned in another comment they go different places, in 2013 they went from Bergen to Cape Verde, form Cape Verde to the US, then from the US back to Bergen. It's a yearly voyage done by the Royal Norwegian Navy Academy first year cadet class.


Basically the opening of Pocahontas.

I think that's a lady.

It's a variation of a sea shanty called South Australia. Just replace every mention of South Australia with Norway, I presume.

This is pretty much what I've experienced

The most annoying part is that there's usually not enough bunks for crew, so you have to "hot bunk", meaning you switch on and off with someone according to your watch shift.

The most annoying part is that there's usually not enough bunks for crew, so you have to "hot bunk", meaning you switch on and off with someone according to your watch shift.

A lot of countries will fund Tall Ship programmes in order to preserve their maritime heritage, so many of them are publicly funded. It's a huge part of any sea-faring nation's culture, so as OP said they do a lot of work with schools and the community.

But the government funding is rarely enough to keep these ships afloat year round, so a lot of it comes from charters. I cant speak for this ship, but I paid handsomely to make an Atlantic crossing aboard a tall ship

Shit that's a nice photo. I'm afraid the best I have at hand doesnt even come close: The Pride of Baltimore at sunset leaving Newport Harbour. 

edit: bonus pic of our captain drunk as a skunk with a girl I met

Shit that's a nice photo. I'm afraid the best I have at hand doesnt even come close:

edit: bonus pic of our captain drunk as a skunk with a girl I met

Real /sub/gatekeeping linkers usually have a comment as well. Just a tip, why don't you leave this to the real clever cynics.

This is library!

If you manage it, it's an experience you'll never forget. I've done a few crossings, but nothing will ever come close to coming around Cape Cod on July 3rd, and seeing the fireworks shows lighting up the coast as far as the eye could see.

Leaving port is equally special, but the real fun is on shore leave. My buddies and I packed a Newport Gulls baseball game for an afternoon, making up chants for them, singing as loud as possible... one of the best days of my life, just raucously cheering on a AA baseball team with a bunch of drunken sailors. The camaraderie is something you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

I imagine this is some kind of government program, like the USCG Eagle -

But every large ship, private or not, needs crew. It is not nearly as difficult as you think to get a paid crewing position on a "super yacht."


I live in Seattle, so fuck you for making me aware of this and putting this on my radar. Now I need to convince my wife that she can handle 2 weeks alone with a 2 year old. Damn you.

hammer time already?

I thought those were birds sitting on the ship for the first thirty seconds.

After the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany the Allied Forces decided at the Potsdam Conference how to administer the defeated, including demilitarization (sentence II.A.3.(i)(b) and IV. DISPOSAL OF THE GERMAN NAVY AND MERCHANT MARINE):

Here is a youtube series of the ship's journey (it is in Norwegian).

Can anyone find it with english subtitles?

Great! Now you've broken it. This is why we cant have nice things.


my sailing days.

Oh, shit. That really takes me back to

At 1:22, the one who kicks out on the left is the most fab.

I can't believe he's done this

You could just link to the subreddit for these: /sub/seashanties

It was trending a few weeks ago, and has a good amount of content at this point (13k subs)

I appreciate your correction yet am too lazy to fix it.

Well most ships dont actually use sails so in this case using "true sailors" to mean people who work on sailing ships isnt inaccurate.

Generally, yes, but the ship is sometimes contracted to sail elsewhere for movies and such. The Lady Washington was the HMS Interceptor in Pirates of the Carribean which was filmed in St. Vincent in the actual Carribean.

There are many other tall ships which sail elsewhere, however, though most don't have much information online. I really need to find out how to get in the right circles of people to learn about that. One of the big ones right now I know is the Hermione, an excellent new replica of the famous French frigate of the same name which sailed to America with general Lafayette to help us during the revolution.

I find it hard to care about poor spelling when it's from a funny person with knowledge of history.

This ship was donated to Bergen City by my great grandfather many years ago :) He was primeminister of Norway but started in ship commerce and became mayor of this city

E: Other people knew more about my family than I did, it was my adoptive grandfather instead of my great grandfather who was just a shipping magnate :)

South Australia

Don't forget , the song they were singing. Though they changed the place, which I loved.

I did as well! They weren't showing below decks but I asked if a friend and I could see since we are both in the Navy. Was very cool to see!! The main area below was for hanging hammocks to sleep. That sounds like some great sleep to me.

You're welcome!

Oh Bill Riley don't know tides

Oh a oh a oh a oO

Tide comes in and goes out

Oh a oh a oh a oO

Can't explain what that's all about

Thats the long con right there

So construction of 1/2 of the US sailing fleet was overseen by Adolph Hitler. Fak.

Granted, I know nothing of Norway's culture - I simply see a lot of pride and joy here.

Yeah... there isn't much left of that anywhere in the West, Norway too. Finland and parts of central Europe and Eastern Europe is the closest you'll come to it. I suppose the sea in general brings some of it out.

Norway has had since the Early Iron Age one of the strongest sea fairing cultures anywhere outside the pacific etc. and one that barely lives on today. In the 1800s 1/4 man would die out on the sea(falling overboard) in Northern Norway. That is how important the life at sea was for Norway up until recently.

Not a great place for farming but fishing? Very good, hence why we've always been seafarers, more so than other Scandinavians too. That an our infamous fjords, islands and generally rugged coastline make it almost impossible to get anywhere without boat.

Pretty close to loosing that culture these but still, we have the worlds second largest offshore fleet and one of the worlds absolute biggest shipping industries.

About Shipping and martime shit in Norway.

In Norwegian sadly for you but the gist of it is how many people died at sea etc. and the history...

Otherwise, Wikipedia has a great rundown of my country and most the claims there are backed up by... Check it out if you've got some times, its much more interesting that my country's size might indicate :)

And they are the ones who fight pirates

Why can't people just wait to pay for a game and play it when it's done?

I think I was the least experienced there, having only crewed a small boat in college sailing regattas, but they'll take and train anyone. They told me of previous trainees who knew nothing, and the crew only complained about the trainees who never bathed.

The captain and first mate take care of all the sailing theory; you just have to learn which line is which and what their orders mean, which are all really specific to tall ships. You'd learn all that out there the first week as I did.

My fiancé sailed on that ship when she was a Canadian sea cadet about 8 years ago for a week. She always talks about how cool it was. When they were sailing into Halifax they did the same thing.

It wasn't all bad. It was good employment at a time when such a thing was by no means assured. The 'endless work' wasn't really any harder than anyone else doing labor at the time. And we romanticize sailing. Storms happened but if shipwrecking was so common as movies and novels would have you believe, shipping wouldn't have been so profitable.

There was never a shortage of sailors because it meant stable employment, regular meals and after mustering out from a ship, a good sailor never had a hard time finding new employment.

I can guarantee you the guy sitting at the front of the ship on the pole has no problem with it.

After being in the military and having to do cadences.. I am sitting here thinking "man, that captain is a jerk for making them do that."

this guy

How do you measure up to ?

After 3 months at sea, he's got no problems with sitting on the pole i bet

Better version IMO.