Date of launch29 July 1905
Place of launchHamburg
Type4-masted steel barque
Length96.3 m (316.1 ft)
Beam14.0 m (46.1 ft)
Draft8.0 m (26.2 ft)

  • 29 July 1905
    Built of steel by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, for Reederei F. Laeisz, Hamburg. She was rigged as a four-masted barque carrying royals over double topgallant sails. She sailed on the South American nitrate trade until the outbreak of World War I.

  • 1914
    Stayed in Santa Cruz de la Palma until 1920 because of the war.

  • 17 March 1920
    Handed over to Italy as war compensation.

  • 1921
    Laid up.

  • 26 February 1924
    Bought back by Laeisz and put back on the nitrate trade.

  • November 1931
    Sold to Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn and put on the Australian wheat trade.

  • 3 August 1941
    Taken as prize of war by the New Zealand government.

  • 12 November 1948
    Returned to Erikson and made one last voyage on the wheat trade in 1948-49 together with her sister ship the Passat.

  • 10 July 1949
    Rounded Cape Horn homeward bound; this was the last time in history that a cargo-carrying sailing vessel rounded the Horn.

  • 1 June 1951
    The Pamir and the Passat were to be broken up in Hamburg, but were bought by a German shipowner from the scrapyard, to be used as cargo-carrying schoolships. They were rebuilt in Kiel and had engines installed.

  • 21 September 1957
    The Pamir was tragically lost in a hurricane when her cargo of grain had shifted. Of the 86 men on board only six survived.

The Pamir
The Pamir
The Pamir in Falmouth
Photo by Peter Harvey
Appears courtesy of Andy Campbell
The Pamir for anchor

Notice that the upper topsail yards for some reason have been hoisted.
The Pamir under full sail

  • Sten Lille, Lars Grönstrand: Suomen valtameripurjehtijat, ISBN 951-9064-31-1, published by Etelä-Suomen Kustannus Oy 1979
  • Lennart Boberg: Pamir, ISBN 91-7024-678-5, published by Wikens förlag AB, Höganäs 1990
  • 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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