Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Grønne Erna E117"

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Grønne Erna E117, Volker Gries, Haikutterregatta 2015 , 08/2015

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Volker Gries,
Haikutterregatta 2015,

Grønne Erna E117, Volker Gries, Haikutter-Regatta 2018 , 08/2018

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Volker Gries,
Haikutter-Regatta 2018,

Grønne Erna E117, Volker Gries, Haikutter Regatta 2019 , 08/2019

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Volker Gries,
Haikutter Regatta 2019,

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Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:Grønne Erna E117
Ex-names:Erna, Mermaid
Registered port:Svendborg
Type of rigging:KETSCH
Type of ship:Haikutter (Gaffelketsch)
Year built:1908
Yard:Søren Abrahamsen, Esbjerg, DK
Overall length:25.00 m
Length (hull):17.80 m
Breadth:7.00 m
Draught:2.40 m
Sail area:230 m2
Ship's hull:Holz / Wood
Power:140 PS

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 01 May 2016

  • built in 1908 by Søren Abrahamsen in Esbjerg, DK for C. Nielsen, Jens Brot Lund Iversen and Christian A. Christensen (Skipper), named "Erna" after the daughter of the skipper, because of her unusual green colour she was known as the "Green Erna", registration as E117 in Esbjerg, DK.
  • fitted with a 15 hp engine as auxiliary gear, since 1922 new engine (40 hp), since 1931 new engine (72 hp), since 1943 new Hundested engine (77 hp), 1998 exchange of the engine to a new Ford Gardner (130 hp).
  • since 1927 after death of C.A. Christensen taken over by his widow Martha Christensen and her sons.
  • since 1941 owned by G. Bojsen from Esbjerg, DK; one of the skippers during this time was Aksel Outzen (1947-1961).
  • 1943 collision with a German patrol boat with insignificant damage, later fired by a German plane and reputed to be sunk.
  • since 1970 decommissioned from the fishery, several changes of the owner.
  • 1972 property of T.A. Larsen from Copenhagen, fitted for longterm sailing, heavyly damaged and sunk on a trip to Spain in the North Sea and Baltic canal caused by ice, salvaged by a floating crane and brought to Rendsburg, GER to the shipyard of boatbuilder Reimer.
  • sold to Capt. E.C. Bantz from Copenhagen, renamed the "Mermaid", rebuilding of the interior for sailing with guests in the charter business, change of the owner again.
  • since 1978 owned by the shipping company Rederiet Grønne Erna, renamed the "Grønne Erna".
  • 1991 foundation of a friends' association Grønne Ernas Venner, sails with guests in the Baltic Sea.

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Website (dansk, 11 Apr 2021):
Grønne Erna: information about the boat with basic technical description, history, photos, the operator and crew, contact