The sail training ship Sagres III

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N.R.P. Sagres on Tejo<br>© Lopo Pizarro - www.lopo.pt/cc-by-2.5

N.R.P. Sagres on Tejo
© Lopo Pizarro – www.lopo.pt/cc-by-2.5

The NRP Sagres is a tall ship and sail training ship of the Portuguese Navy since 1961. As the third ship with this name of the historical important city of Sagres in the Portuguese Navy, she is sometimes referred to as Sagres III. The ship is a steel-built three masted barque, with square sails on the fore and main masts and gaff rigging on the mizzen mast. Her main mast rises 42 m above the deck. She carries 22 sails totaling about 2,000 m² (21,000 ft²) and can reach a top speed of 17 knots (31 km/h) under sail. She has a sparred length of 89 m (295 ft), a width of 12 m (40 ft), a draught of 5.2 m (17 ft), and a displacement at full load of 1,755 tons.

The three-masted ship was launched under the name Albert Leo Schlageter on 30 October 1937 at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg for Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine. The ship was named after Albert Leo Schlageter, who was executed in 1923 by French forces occupying the Ruhr area. Her first commander was Bernhard Rogge. Sagres is a sister ship of the Gorch Fock, the Horst Wessel, and the Romanian training vessel Mircea. Another sister, Herbert Norkus, was not completed, while Gorch Fock II was built in 1958 by the Germans to replace the ships lost after the war. Following a number of international training voyages, the ship was used as a stationary office ship after the outbreak of World War II and was only put into ocean-going service again in 1944 in the Baltic Sea. On 14 November 1944 she hit a Soviet mine off Sassnitz and had to be towed to port in Swinemünde. Eventually transferred to Flensburg, she was taken over there by the Allies when the war ended and finally confiscated by the United States.

N.R.P. Sagres at Mar del Plata © DagosNavy/cc-by-3.0 N.R.P. Sagres © Jose Manuel/cc-by-2.5 N.R.P. Sagres - Figurehead Henry the Navigator © geograph.org.uk - Kenneth Allen/cc-by-sa-3.0 N.R.P. Sagres, with Gorch Fock in the background in Bremerhaven © Ralf Künnemann N.R.P. SAGRES in Yokohama © nattou/cc-by-sa-3.0 N.R.P. Sagres on Tejo<br>© Lopo Pizarro - www.lopo.pt/cc-by-2.5
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N.R.P. Sagres - Figurehead Henry the Navigator © geograph.org.uk - Kenneth Allen/cc-by-sa-3.0
In 1948, the U.S. sold her to Brazil for a symbolic price of $5,000 USD. She was towed to Rio de Janeiro, and for Brazil she sailed as a school ship for the Brazilian Navy under the name Guanabara. In 1961, through the perseverant mediation of the Ambassador Teotónio Pereira, who was also a man of the sea, loved sailing ships and had been an organizer of the first Tall Ships’ Race, the Portuguese Navy bought her to replace the previous school ship Sagres (which was transferred to Hamburg, where she is a museum ship under her original name Rickmer Rickmers). The Portuguese Navy renamed her Sagres, and she is still in service.

In 2010, the ship performed her longest voyage, a round the world trip performing an approximate total of 35000 miles, under the command of CMG Pedro Proença Mendes. The ship left Lisbon on 19 January and returned on 24 December, having participated in Velas Sudamerica 2010, an historical Latin American tour by eleven tall ships to celebrate the bicentennial of the first national governments of Argentina and Chile. She also took part in the Expo Shanghai, among other events during that year. The ship has sailed under the Portuguese flag since 1962. For that reason, in 2012 there were major commemorations of her 75th anniversary and 50 years in the service of the Portuguese navy.

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