Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Te Vega"

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:Te Vega
Ex-names:Etak, USS Juanita, Vega
Type of rigging:SCHONER
Year built:1930
Yard:F. Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel, GER
Overall length:47.40 m
Length (hull):41.30 m
Breadth:8.50 m
Draught:5.20 m
Sail area:966 m2
Ship's hull:Stahl / Steel
Power:750 PS
Engine:MTU Diesel

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 20 Dec 2002

  • built at the shipyard Friedrich Krupp, todays Germaniawerft in Kiel, GER in 1930 for Walter G. Ladd, named the "Etak" as the reversion of the name Kate, the owner's wife, renamed the "Vega" in 1938.
  • in the 1940s and during WWII she was the property of the United States Pacific Coastal duty under the name "USS Juanita", she escaped any heavy alterations of her superstructures.
  • in the 1950 she sailed the South Pacific, dismasted near Tahiti in 1951, since then without the topmasts after the refit.
  • change of the owner, she became South Pacific Touring Yacht and was renamed the "Te Vega", installation of engines in the mid of the 1950s.
  • cruised the Windward Islands in the early 1960s, the Stanford University of Palo Alto, California employed her for some famous oceanographic ecological studies in the Pacific.
  • 1969 aquired by George Stoll to use her as a training ship of the Flint School, overhauled in 1972.
  • in March 1981 the Flint School was closed, "Te Vega" was sold to a Dutch owner and leased by the Landmark School of Prides Crossing, Massachusetts.
  • participated the Helsinki-Falsterbo-Regatta 1972.
  • In 1989 40 Americans and 40 Soviets participated in a round-trip sail across the Atlantic Ocean from News York to Leningrad (St. Petersburg). The trip was undertaken to show that the peoples of these great nations can undertake important projects and activities together.
  • In 1991, the owner went bankrupt and "Te Vega", which is impounded in a Portuguese yard, is almost sold for scrap, bought by the Italian Calisto Tanzi of Parma and during the next 4.5 years restored to her near original glory first at the Bilbao shipyards and then at the shipyard Cantieri Navale Beconcini in La Spezia, Italy.
  • today she is a comfortable and functional yacht, suitable for long cruises.


Website (English, 10 Nov 2002):
The Flint School e-Museum: memorial page to the training on board of the ships "Te Vega" and "Te Quest" with extensive history and photos

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)
Page: 364 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

Otmar Schäuffelen
"Die letzten grossen Segelschiffe"
Delius Klasing Verlag 2002 ISBN: 3-7688-0483-6
(10. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage)
Page: 416 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

Bruno Bock
"Windjammer Lübeck Kiel 1972"
Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Herford 1972 ISBN: 3-7822-0073-X
(2. erweiterte Auflage, Illustrierter Bericht zum Treffen der Segelschulschiffe in Lübeck und Kiel aus Anlass der Olympischen Segelwettbewerbe Kiel 1972)
Page: 26 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data

Giancarlo Schiavoni
"Unter Segeln, die grossen Windjammer auf den Weltmeeren"
Koehlers Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 1994 ISBN: 3-7822-0605-3
(ital. Originalausgabe: "La nave a vela")
Page: 183 Source with picture Source with history
(kurzer beschreibender Text)