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Admiral Karpfanger(L'Avenir)

Postby Anatol » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:41 pm

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The Admiral Karpfanger (formerly L'Avenir Belgian, French for the Future), was a German four-masted barque, which in 1937 purchased by Hapag as sail training ship. The L'Avenir was after her commissioning in 1908 about 20 years used as a training ship in the Belgian merchant marine. From that time no specific incidents have been reported.In the early 1930s, it was sold due to the global economic crisis to the Finnish shipowner Gustaf Erikson, who maintained a fleet of cargo gliders, which he used in the Australian wheat ride.
1937 was acquired by L'Avenir HAPAG that the ship was used as a training ship for its officer cadets. The ship was overhauled, renamed Admiral Karpfanger (after Hamburg captain Berend Jacobsen Karpfanger) and classed by Germanischer Lloyd in the class 100 A4. In September 1937, the barque of her new home port of Hamburg ran with a crew of 60 men (27 man crew, 33 cadets) under Captain Walker to Australia. In December, she arrived at Port Germain in Spencer Gulf (South Australia) and took on a cargo of 42,549 bags of wheat.On 8 February 1938 was the Admiral Karpfanger from Port Germain, with the aim of Falmouth or Queenstown (Ireland). The route took it around Cape Horn. Before leaving Captain Walker had informed the shipping company that the generator of Funktelegraphieanlage not properly worked. Walker had the order, the shipping information on radio at least once every 14 days over the location of the ship.On 1 March 1938 reported the Bark Norddeich radio their position at 51 degrees south latitude and 172 degrees east longitude. She was so on the usual sailing route between South Australia and Cape Horn, however, was apparently not progressed at the expected rate. The cause is unknown. On 12 March 1938 confirmed the Admiral Karpfanger receiving a radio message. That was the last sign of life from Bark.
On 21 September 1938, the Admiral Karpfanger in Seeamtsverhandlung in Hamburg was declared missing .Years later, on the Patagonian coast of Argentina's tractor Galvarino wreckage were found, which were assigned to Admiral Karpfanger, including wooden doors ship with German inscriptions and a 6.40 m-long piece of wood from a mast or a yard. These items have been landed from the Galvarino the port of Ushuaia. Still later, another wreck pieces have been found, a box labeled Frieretsen Wellington and debris of a lifeboat that had been driven on Wollaston Iceland. In Aguirre Bay on the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego to a non-identifying lifebelt was stranded, but this was attributed to the Admiral Karpfanger. To date, it is assumed that the bark is either collided with an iceberg or accrued on a reef and then immediately slipped. In any case, the accident must have occurred so suddenly that no more lifeboats were exposed.
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Re: Admiral Karpfanger(L'Avenir)

Postby john sefton » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:09 pm

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This beautiful 2,738 ton four-masted barque was built in 1908 to replace the cargo cadet ship "Comte de Smet de Naeyer", which had been lost at sea. "L'Avenir" served her owners as training ship for about twenty years, during which time she built up a reputation for smartness and all-round ability. When at last she was replaced by the State owned "Mercator", she passed into the hands of Captain Gustaf Erikson of Mariehamn, and soon became as well known in his fleet of grain ships as she had been under her original flag. During this time she retained the original white hull and spars of her training days, instead of the black hull and buff spars of most of her contemporaries, with the result that she was usually referred to as "Erikson's yacht". About the end of 1936 she was sold to the Hamburg-America Line, who once more fitted her out as a training ship and sent her to sea as the" Admiral Karpfanger", and in November, 1939, she was posted " missing".
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Re: Admiral Karpfanger (L'AVENIR)

Postby aukepalmhof » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:51 pm

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