The tall ship Alexander von Humboldt
Quelle: privat / KBU
The famous tall ship Alexander von Humboldt has been welcoming guests as a floating restaurant and hotel ever since it found a permanent home on Bremen’s Schlachte Embankment in autumn 2016.
Jewel on the Weser river
The Alexander von Humboldt found international fame after featuring in an advertisement for Beck’s beer. The three-masted tall ship sailed the seven seas as a naval training vessel for many years before being decommissioned in 2011. Now, the ship with the distinctive green sails has found its way home and become another jewel on the Schlachte Embankment. Talking of Beck’s beer, the brewery is just a 15 minute walk from where Alexander von Humboldt is berthed and can be visited as part of a tour.
Bunks for the night and great food from the ship’s galley
There are 38 bunks on the ‘Alex’, which is berthed right next to the Admiral Nelson, also known as the Pannekoekship. The ‘Alex’ was completely overhauled, including the removal of all the old pipework, by Jörn Haumüller and Timo Westphal at BVT Brenn- und Verformtechnik Bremen GmbH in Bremerhaven. Some of the original wooden panelling was retained and some parts had to be repaired, while others were completely redesigned. The large eight-bunk chambers, known – not without good reason – as ‘puma cages’, were converted into nine comfortable double cabins and five four-bed cabins, all with ensuite bathroom (complete with sink, shower, toilet and heated towel rail), TV and Wi-Fi. The mess and the passageways are painted in a gleaming white, which combines with the dark timbers and wooden panelling to form a harmonious whole.
The restaurant’s menu changes every month and offers a range of freshly prepared, regional and seasonal dishes. A selection of wines and other drinks are available to complement the food. The kitchen is open every day between 11.30am and 9.30pm.
The legendary tall ship is also available to hire as a special venue for private events. The ‘Blue Lagoon’, the captain’s realm and heart of the ship, was formerly used for official engagements and has been preserved in its original state. The ship can accommodate small private parties and larger functions for up to 120 guests.
Die Alexander von Humboldt an ihrem Liegeplatz an der Schlachte
Quelle: WFB - LS
A brief history of the Alexander von Humboldt
The Alexander von Humboldt was built of steel by Weser Werft AG in Bremerhaven in 1906 as the lightship Reserve Sonderburg. Back then, it didn’t have any sails and was painted in a bright red. Between 1986 and 1988, it was converted into the training vessel TSG 404 at Motorenwerke Bremerhaven by many volunteers under the direction of Manfred Hövener. The hull was painted in the now familiar green, the traditional colour of the Rickmers shipping company based in Bremerhaven. The hull and the green sails would later become the ship’s hallmark. The first set of green sails, with a total area of 1,036 square metres, were sewn by Hinsch & Ruhland in Glückstadt, one of the few sailmakers left that specialised in large square riggers. To this day, Russian sailors still refer to the vessel as the ‘grasshopper’.
After 80 years of service, it was decommissioned and converted into the green three-master that we see today. From 1988 to 2011, the ship served as a training vessel under the name Alexander von Humboldt. After it was renamed, the ship covered more than 300,000 nautical miles, sailed across the Atlantic ten times and circumnavigated the notorious Cape Horn twice.
Incidentally, the Alexander von Humboldt II has been sailing the seven seas as the successor of the ‘Alex’ since 2011.
Quelle: Maurizio Gambarini
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