L'Avenir

Date of launch1908
Place of launchBremerhaven
Type4-masted steel barque
GRT2738
NRT2074
DWT3650
Length87.3 m (286.6 ft)
Beam13.6 m (44.7 ft)
Draft7.6 m (24.8 ft)

Later names: Admiral Karpfanger (1937)

  • 1908
    Built of steel by R.C. Rickmers, Bremerhaven for Soc. Anon. Maritime de Belge S.A., Antwerp, to be used as a schoolship. She was given the name L'Avenir and was rigged as a four-masted barque carrying royals over double topgallant sails.

  • 1932
    Sold to Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn and put on the Australian wheat trade. She was Erikson's only vessel that had a certificate for carrying passengers; she could take 60 passengers and sometimes made summer cruises in the Baltic.

  • 1937
    Sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd to be used as a cargo-carrying schoolship. She was renamed the Admiral Karpfanger and continued to go on the Australian wheat trade.

  • March 1938
    Lost in the vicinity of Cape Horn on her first homeward voyage from Australia for her new owner. She was in radio contact with her owners on March 1st, 4th, 9th, 10th and 12th, thereafter never heard of again.


Pictures:
The L'Avenir
The Admiral Karpfanger
1937


References:
  • Sten Lille, Lars Grönstrand: Suomen valtameripurjehtijat, ISBN 951-9064-31-1, published by Etelä-Suomen Kustannus Oy 1979
  • Alex A. Hurst: Hur all världens råtacklade fyr- och femmastade skepp slutade sin levnad, Longitude - tidskrift från de sju haven 23 pp. 76 - 93, ISSN 0024-6328, published by Carlstedt Förlag AB, Stockholm 1987
  • Alex A. Hurst: En lista på all världens 4- och 5-mastade råtacklade skepp, Longitude - tidskrift från de sju haven 22 pp. 7 - 31, ISSN 0024-6328, published by Carlstedt Förlag AB, Stockholm 1986

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