Sail Number: TSG 379

Type: Gaff Ketch

ex; Bille III, Das Wappen von Bremen

LOA: 51’2″ / 15.60m
Beam: 12’1″ / 3.70m
Draft: 6’2” / 1.90m
Hull Number:
Original Owner:
Original Name: Bille III
Current Owner:
Year Launched: 1921
Built By: Schierhorn Werft, Cranz/Elbe, GER
Hull Material: Wood
Displacement: (GT / m³):
Sail Area: 120 m2



Built in Cranz, Elbe in 1921 as yacht called “Bille III.” Her hull lines and rigging reflect traditional methods of
ship construction used at the turn of the century.

Sailed from 1934 to 1967 as the “Das Wappen von Bremen” for the Bremen sailing club and won many international races

Purchased by the “Klaus Störtebecker” (Wilhelmshaven) sailing club in 1981, the ship has been fully restored, newly-rigged and sails under the club’s name now. with its interesting stern (two lions with the key of Bremen and the Wilhelmshaven coat of arms), the “Klaus Störtebecker 3” is still sailing as a real oldtimer. Passengers on board can
experience the atmosphere of a traditional, rustic, seaworthy wooden ship.

Participated successfully in many Cutty Sark Tall Ships Races e.g. 1996
1998 participation in the Wilhelmshaven-Falmouth-Lisbon-Vigo-Dublin ISTA regatta


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