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Norfolk, VA – On Thursday, November 12, 2015, the unique and majestic 100-year old Norwegian tall sailing ship “HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl” is scheduled to arrive at approximately 10:00am in Downtown Norfolk, docking at Otter Berth next to the future Waterside District. The ship will depart around 10:00am on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Arrival and departure times are approximate and are subject to change due inclement weather.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is sailed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy’s first year officer cadets who are participating in leadership training and teambuilding during the trip. The cadets also get a strong foundation of basic seamanship during their weeks onboard. Stripped of modern communication and technology, the students are forced to work together to overcome the timeless challenges and dangers of travelling the seas by sail. Statsraad Lehmkuhl has been part of the basic training program since 2002, whereby the Royal Norwegian Navy leases the ship for several months every year.

Norfolk has become a favorite port of call for the ship and her crew; this will be the 11th consecutive year that the ship has called on Norfolk as part of their sail-training schedule. The port visit is sponsored by The City of Norfolk and Festevents, Ltd. Guests are encouraged to witness Statsraad Lehmkuhl’s arrival into port on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Public Visitation Schedule: The ship will be open for public visitation on Friday, November 13, 2015, from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Please contact Festevents at 757-441-2345 or for official updates. Ship tours are free and open to the public.

Facts & History: HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl
• The Barque ‘Statsraad Lehmkuhl’ is from Bergen. It is a three masted Barque, launched in 1914. She was built by JC Tecklenborg, Bremerhaven, Germany and is Norway’s oldest and largest sailing vessel.
• Overall Length: 321 ft
• Length of Hull: 259 ft
• Rig: Three-masted barque
• Height of Rig: 158 ft
• Beam: 41 ft
• Draft: 17 ft
• High Carbon Steel Hull
• Carries a crew of 125 (100 training)

Be sure to follow the HNoMS Statsraad Lehmkuhl on their facebook page as they sail into Norfolk at “Seilskipet Statsraad Lehmkuhl”. In order to translate the facebook page to English, right click anywhere on the Facebook page and select “Translate to English”.

For more information on events, including hours, park regulations and parking please visit or call 757.441.2345.

Norfolk Festevents Ltd. ., based in Norfolk, Virginia, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating the most dynamic urban waterfront community in America through innovative programming and imaginative uses of its historic waterfront spaces. An extensive 10 month schedule of diverse outdoor cultural events, festivals, concerts, entertainment, holiday programs, tall ship visits, sports and recreation are presented in two popular and welcoming waterfront environments; Town Point Park located in downtown Norfolk on the banks of the Elizabeth River and Ocean View Beach Park situated on the shore line of the Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk Festevents has served as the City of Norfolk’s official event marketing agency since the city’s downtown waterfront revitalization initiatives began in 1982. The organization has garnered international acclaim for its advocacy for public access to waterfronts, outstanding quality programming and development of public spaces, transforming Norfolk into one of the most progressive, fun and livable waterfront communities in the country. Residents, workers, and visitors to Norfolk and the Hampton Roads region are invited to experience all the fun and excitement of the 2015 season!

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