Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Lille Bjørn"

Photos of the sailing ship:

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Lille Bjørn, Volker Gries, Rum-Regatta 2012 , 05/2012

Source, location, date:
Volker Gries,
Rum-Regatta 2012,

Lille Bjørn, Volker Gries, Rum-Regatta 2013 , 05/2013

Source, location, date:
Volker Gries,
Rum-Regatta 2013,

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Name:Lille Bjørn
Ex-names:Christian Bach, Den Lille Bjørn, Spirit of Winestead,
Type of rigging:BRIGANTINE
Year built:1953
Yard:Andersen & Ferdinandsen, Gilleleje, DK
Overall length:36.24 m
Length (hull):28.26 m
Breadth:7.00 m
Sail area:421 m2
Ship's hull:Holz / Wood
Power:240 PS
Engine:Perkins Diesel

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 16 Jan 2022

  • built in 1953 by Andersen & Ferdinandsen in Gilleleje/DK, probably as a motor ship with auxiliary sails, commissioning under the name "Christian Bach" as a cargo ship.
  • sold to new owners from Great Britain in 1976 and converted into a brigantine in Inverness/GBR in 1976.
  • 1981 sold to Danish owner Tvind Skole, renamed "Den Lille Bjørn", used for Sail Training with young people in the Caribbean.
  • from 1990 used under the name "Spirit of Winestead" for The Small School at Winestead Hall in Hull as a sail training ship, later used in Denmark again under the name "Lille Bjørn".
  • came to Flensburg/GER from Gråsten/DK in 2012, a restoration and use failed, scrapped in 2014.

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: 158 Source with picture Source with history Source with technical data
(als Spirit of Winestead)