The German navy’s training ship ‘Gorch Fock’ was a thorny issue fifty years ago when it was first commissioned. Did the German navy really need such an old-fashioned ship?
But the general view on this topic was that a sailor needs to understand the basics of the trade first before he will be able to navigate a modern vessel. And thus generations of officer cadets and non-commissioned officers experienced their first encounter with seamanship in the traditional way, on a sailing ship.
In time for the 50th anniversary on 17 December 2008 the replica of Gorch Fock will be finished, crafted from finest rock crystal and several kilograms of gold.
Based on the original drawings, the ‘gemstone shipyard’ of the firm of Emil Becker is working on a made-to scale model of the famous ship, (shown at INTERGEM) complete with all its twenty-three sails. The four fore sails were even redone in a more billowing shape in order to achieve the desired dynamic impression.