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Postby aukepalmhof » Mon Jul 26, 2010 9:14 pm

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Built as a steel hulled sail training vessel by Interster Elblag S.A. Shipyard in Gdansk for the Polish Yachting Association.
1987 Laid down
August 1990 launched as the ZEW.
Tonnage 180 grt, 54 tons net, dim. 46 x 7.6 x 4.0m.(draught), length of hull 35.50m.
First rigged as a schooner.
One auxiliary diesel engine of 200hp.
1990 Completed.

She made one cruise to the Caribbean under Polish flag and registry in 1990, in search for a charter, but eventually she was sold in 1991 to Kaoru Ogimi Shogakukan Inc, Yasunori Kobayashi at Miura, Japan (Sail Training Association of Japan) and returned to Poland with the same crew under the name KAISEI (meaning Planet of the Ocean) and Japanese flag for a interior remodelling and re-rigging to a brigantine.
She was the first Japanese ship which sailed for Sail Training Association of Japan by means of a private endowment.
Her conversion took first place in Gdansk and later in Weymouth U.K.
As a brigantine she carries 780 square meter of sails.
Crew 9 and 4 volunteer trainees and 32 trainees. On short day trips she can carry 50 passengers.

In 1992 on her maiden voyage of 16th month she took part in the Columbus Regatta, and with an international crew, she was the only vessel in that fleet which was allowed to fly the flag of the United Nations.
The same year she participated in the America Tall Ship Celebration.
During her maiden voyage to Japan she visited many ports.
Under the Japanese flag, she has visited 15 countries and has traveled extensively throughout the Pacific in her mission to promote the global community and bring countries and cultures together through the international language of the sea. She has covered roughly 40,000 nautical miles (around 80,000 km).
In 1992 sailed with the Columbus fleet, flying the UN flag. KAISEI’s maiden voyage lasted 16 months throughout Europe, East Coast US, Caribbean, Panama Canal, West Coast US and Pacific Islands covering 57,000 km. During this time period, the vessel flew the United Nations flag. Under Japanese flag she traveled throughout the Pacific and Asia. Carried over 10,000 trainees during the 14 year period.
She has been acquired by Ocean Voyages Institute in Sausalito, CA, who hopes to continue her in her mission of global understanding, initially operating out of Southern California with trips Central America and West to the South Pacific. Though she has made some appearances at tall ship events, Ocean Voyages has not been able to set up a viable program using the vessel.
In August 2009, KAISEI embarked from San Francisco on a month long voyage for the Ocean Voyages Institute as part of "Project Kaisei", a mission to study the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Her homeport is now St John’s, Antigua.
2017 Same name IMO No 8859366, based at Sausalito, California and in service.

Great Britain 1992 39p sg1618, scott 1450.
Togo 2017 800F sg?, scott?
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaisei_(ship) Great Sailing Ships of the World by Otmar Schãuffelen.
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