20th. cent. Steel Sailing Ship


The Life and Times of a Four-masted Barque

Herzogin Cecelie by Basil Greenhill and Jack Hackman: The small icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page!

Published in 1991 by Conway Maritime Press Ltd.

1st. edition.

ISBN: 085177556x

Available only in Hardcover.

Using Norddeutscher Lloyd records and Gustaf Erikson’s papers this book tells the full story of the steel, four-masted barque Herzogin Cecilie, from her launch in 1902 as a cargo carrying cadet ship, Gustaf Erikson’s ownership and sheds new light on her tragic demise on the Devon coast in 1936.

Book's condition and details:

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A light grey cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine - all pages and illustrations part are pristine - binding square and tight - Condition is FINE.(As new!)
Dust wrapper is unclipped and is in NEAR FINE condition with very little shelf wear after a quarter of a century.

A very nice copy!

A small photograph of this copy of 'Herzogin Cecelie' by Basil Greenhill and Jack Hackman -  in an attempt to show the appearance and general condition of this beautifully produced work.

 224 pages. 210 mm. x 277 mmm. x 20 mm. 

Weight unwrapped 913 grams 

 Weight wrapped for postage < 2000 grams. 

Price: £13.50 including U.K. postage.
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'Herzogin Cecilie' open at a double-page spread.

The steel, four-masted barque Herzogin Cecilie was one of the last of the great sailing ships that continued to trade successfully up until the 1930s. Launched as a cargo-carrying cadet ship for the Norddeutscher Lloyd Steamship Company in 1902, she was built and fitted out to the highest standards as a floating ambassadress for the Germany of Kaiser Wilhelm II. After falling into French hands by way of spoils of the First World War, she was sold to Gustaf Erikson of the Åland Islands of Finland who was then building up the fleet of big square-rigged sailing ships which was to make him famous as the last owner of such vessels in Europe. Like many another aristocratic refugee of the First World War she successfully underwent a metamorphosis - in her case from a crack cadet ship, contributing to the foundation of the great prosperity of modern Åland.

This book tells her complete story and much new information has been gleaned from the records of Norddeutscher Lloyd and the business papers of Gustaf Erikson, which survive and which were made available to the authors. It tells in detail how she was managed and sailed under the Finnish flag and depicts the personalities of the people involved with her. Her loss through stranding on the coast of Devon in 1936 has always been presented as something of a mystery. In this superbly illustrated history, which includes a complete set of plans, the authors shed new light on her last fateful voyage; they unravel the confused series of events and show that the story has about it something of an inevitable tragedy of Conradian proportions.