The \”Herzogin Cecilie\” flew before the wind; she was considered the fastest windjammer of her day. Launched by Rickmers boatyard in 1902, the ship which had a displacement of 3,242 GRT, measuring 95 m in length and 14 m in width, was named after the Duchess Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the German throne’s espousal.
The four-masted training barkentine carried saltpetre from Chile and wheat from Australia to Europe. She won the \”great grain race\” between Down Under and Europe a total of eight times for her Finnish owner Gustaf Erikson. In 1936, she completed the voyage between Wallaroo in South Australia and the English port of Falmouth in just 86 days. But she was never to make it back to her home port. Leaving Falmouth in rough seas and a dense fog, she ran into cliffs and started taking on water. The barque’s last trip was also the honeymoon of captain Sven Erikson and his new bride, journalist and writer Pamela Bourne. Under the watchful eye of the international press, they undertook incredible efforts to save the ship.
The film uses an impressive collection of archive material, family photos and interviews with witnesses to tell the story of a four-masted barkentine and her last voyage.
A Film by Per-Ove Hgns ; Pelago Film Co-Production with Swedish YLE /FST
The Last Voyage of the Duchess 720p WEB-DL x264 AAC MVGroup
Published on: Dec 21, 2015 @ 21:55