A REPLICA MODEL OF THE GERMAN TRAINING VESSEL 'THE GORCH FOCK', a hand-model model with full sails, measuring approx. 63in. x 37in. x 15in
Other Notes: The loss of the previous German school ship prompted the German Navy to have a new training vessel built. The construction of the new ship began in 1932 and took only 100 days to complete. On May 3, 1933 the new ship was launched and baptized Gorch Fock in honor of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym, Gorch Fock.
The Gorch Fock was designed to be especially robust and safe against capsizing. Over 300 tons of steel ballast in the keel gives her a righting moment large enough to bring her back in the upright position even when she heels over to nearly 90 degrees.
The Gorch Fock served as a training vessel for the German Reichsmarine. During the Second World War, she was a stationary office ship in Stralsund, until she was officially reactivated in 1944. On May 1, 1945, the crew scuttled her in shallow waters off Rugen in an attempt to avoid capture by the Soviet troops. The Soviets ordered her raised and salvaged, which was done in 1947. She was restored from 1948 to 1950. The ship was newly named Tovarishch in 1951 and put into service as a training vessel again. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Tovarishch sailed under the Ukrainian flag until she was decommissioned due to a lack of funds. In 1999, the ship was transported to Wilhelmshaven in Germany, where she stayed in dock for four years until she finally was transferred to Stralsund, Germany in 2003. On November 29, 2003 the ship was re-baptized Gorch Fock. Currently, she serves as a museum ship.
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