Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Sir Francis Drake"

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:Sir Francis Drake
Ex-names:Godewind, Landkirchen
Registered port:St. Thomas
Type of rigging:3-MAST-SCHONER
Type of ship:3-Mast-Spritsegelschoner
Year built:1917
Yard:C. Lühring, Brake/Hammelwarden, GER
Overall length:49.50 m
Length (hull):39.00 m
Breadth:6.90 m
Draught:2.80 m
Sail area:600 m2
Ship's hull:Stahl / Steel
Power:275 PS

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 19 Jan 2011

  • served as a freight-carriing vessel under the name "Landkirchen", sailed in the North and Baltic Sea and across the Atlantic Ocean and around Cape Horn carrying manufactured goods to Chile and returning to Germany with copper ore.
  • 1921 enlarge of the hull.
  • 1930 installation of an engine.
  • after WWII sold at an Allied war auction as a war prize, she remained as freighter under German flag until 1979.
  • 1981 change of the owner and start of the reconstruction to a cruising ship for short voyages in the Caribbean (Martinique, French West Indies), new name "Godewind", after another change of the owner in 1988 she was renamed to "Sir Francis Drake"
  • general overhaul and classification by the US Coast Guard, registered in Equatorial Guinea.
  • lost in Nov. 1999, destroyed by a hurrican (Lenny), when she visited Saint Martin.


Website (English, 19 Jan 2011):
Sir Francis Drake: Her old website with photos and history, touristic offers

Literature for further reading:

We recommend the following references for your further research of the ship. The references marked with have been included in the generation of the ship profile on this page.

Otmar Schäuffelen
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 1997 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(9. aktualisierte Auflage)
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