North wind (ship, 1945)

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North wind
2015 on the Innenjade
2015 on the Innenjade
Ship data
flag GermanyGermany Germany
Ship type Training ship
class War fish cutter
Callsign DMNJ
home port Wilhelmshaven
Owner German Naval Museum
Shipyard Burmester shipyard , Bremen-Burg
Build number 2893
Ship dimensions and crew
26.90 m ( Lüa )
width 6.53 m
Draft Max. 2.11 m
displacement 110  t
measurement 78.42 GRT ; 24.83 NRT
crew 4th
Machine system
machine Volvo Penta diesel engine
400 hp (294 kW)
9 kn (17 km / h)
propeller 1 fixed propeller Ø 1.22 m
Rigging and rigging
Rigging Ketch
Number of masts 2
Number of sails 4th
Sail area 165.8 m²
Classifications Traditional ship
Ship identifications :
W 43 (1956–1970)
Y 834 (1970–2006)

The Nordwind is a war fishing cutter converted into a seamanship school boat . From 1951 to 2006 he was in service for the Maritime Border Guard , the Federal Navy and the German Navy . Since November 2008, the Nordwind has been operated as a traditional sailor by the German Naval Museum .


1945 to 1956

The Nordwind is part of the Nord series , a post-war design by the Burmester shipyard with a new general plan as a fishing cutter, only a wheelhouse as a deck structure and sails in the form of a simple ketch rigging . Instead of the usual softwood , the Nord series was planked with oak . The Nordwind was laid down in 1945 with hull number 2893, was not completed until 1948 and was given the fishing license number BX 356 . It was then no longer used for fishing.

The sea border protection acquired the Nordwind in 1951 and had it converted into a sailing school boat. On November 22, 1951, she was put into service for the school flotilla in Cuxhaven . Because no other units were available, the Nordwind was used for protocol purposes right from the start . So used Federal President Theodor Heuss the ship in 1953 as a representation platform during the Kieler Woche .

1956 to 2006

After the establishment of the German Navy in January 1956, the Nordwind was one of the first units to be handed over by the Maritime Border Guard. The commissioning for the Ostsee school squadron took place on July 1, 1956. After the school squadron was dissolved, the Nordwind was subordinated to the Mürwik naval school in October 1958 . Between 1969 and 1972 it was decommissioned and launched during the winter months .

After the Nordwind was manned by the military in the first few years, she received a regular civilian crew when it was put back into service on May 24, 1972. Although the north wind further than Coast Guard boat class 368 was passed, it was mainly as a sailor shank school boat for officer cadets and non-commissioned officer students used. In addition, it was regularly used as a representation platform at major maritime events on the German coast.

Despite a thorough shipyard overhaul and major modernization at the beginning of the 2000s, the Nordwind had to be decommissioned in the Naval Arsenal Wilhelmshaven on December 15, 2006, four years earlier than planned, under pressure from the Federal Audit Office.

Since 2007

Although there was an agreement between the German Navy and the Military History Research Office to keep the Nordwind as a museum ship , the concerns of the Federal Audit Office only allowed the ship to be sold via the Vebeg after a lengthy examination . The German Naval Museum, which had previously offered itself as a museum ship for the management of the Nordwind , was able to win the auction on October 15, 2008 with the help of private donations. The Nordwind was handed over to the museum on November 6th, 2008 .

Since then, the Nordwind has been maintained as a traditional sailor by the German Naval Museum. Day trips with up to 35 guests are undertaken with a volunteer crew. Eight guest berths and two emergency berths are available for tours lasting several days . The Nordwind continues to regularly attend maritime events and was used again as a training ship for the first time at the beginning of September 2015.


  • Gerhard Koop / Siegfried Breyer: The ships, vehicles and planes of the German Navy from 1956 until today . Bernard & Graefe Verlag, Bonn 1996, ISBN 3-7637-5950-6 , p. 333 .
  • Gottfried Hoch : seamanship school boat "Nordwind" . In: Marineforum . No. 1/2 , 2009, pp. 34-36 .
  • Klaus auf dem Garten: Burmester yacht and boat yard, Bremen - 1920–1979 - An important chapter in German boat building and sailing history . Hauschild, Bremen 2002, ISBN 3-89757-141-2 .

Web links

Commons : North Wind  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The "Nordwind" of the German Naval Museum is back in training for the German Navy. (PDF) German Maritime Competence Network, accessed on October 8, 2015 .