Elegant Places

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

The arrival of the Russian tallship; Sedov

92-Year old clipper sets sail for the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The Sedov revisits Cape Town after a 77 year absence  (last visit was in 1936) on Monday, 22 April and will stay in port until Wednesday 24 April. Elegant Places was there to take these pictures.

Clipper Sedov arrives in Cape Town harbour

 Her previous port of call was Port Louis, Mauritius, with just under 40 trainee sailors on board.

 The four-masted barque was launched as a German cargo ship in 1921 and following World War II was handed over to the Soviet Union as part of war reparations.  Since 1981 she has served as a cadet training ship and is today owned by the Naval School at the Murmansk Technical University.

 From Wikipedia:

    The STS Sedov (Russian: Седов), formerly the Magdalene Vinnen II (1921–1936) and the Kommodore Johnsen (–1948), is a 4-masted steel barque that for almost 80 years was the largest traditional sailing ship in operation. Originally built as a German cargo ship, the Sedov is today a sail training vessel, training cadets from the universities of Murmansk, Saint Petersburg andArkhangelsk. She participates regularly in the big maritime international events as a privileged host and has also been a regular participant in The Tall Ships' Races.   

    Magdalene Vinnen II

    The Sedov, originally named the Magdalene Vinnen II, was launched in Kiel in 1921 at the Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft at Kiel, Germany, for the shipping company F. A. Vinnen & Co. ofBremen, one of the largest German shipping companies at the beginning of the 20th century. The shipping company initially objected to have an engine installed in the ship, but the ship yard (with backing from a Government committee) successfully argued for an engine, making the ship the first sailing ship with auxiliary engine designed to modern principles.

    The Magdalene Vinnen II was at the time the world’s largest auxiliary barque and exclusively used as a cargo ship with a crew that was partially made up of cadets. She sailed on her maiden voyage on September 1, 1921. Her voyage took her from Bremen via Cardiff, where she took on coal, to Buenos Aires. Despite bad weather, the journey from England to Argentina with holds full of coal took just 30 days. The Magdalene Vinnen II carried all sorts of cargo: apart from coal, she took timber from Finland, wheat from Australia, pyrite from Italy and unit load from Belgium. The four-masted barque made two voyages around Cape Horn to Chile. Until her last voyage under the Vinnen flag in 1936, the ship sailed to Argentina, South Africa, Australia, Reunion and the Seychelles.    
Kommodore Johnsen

    On August 9, 1936, the Magdalene Vinnen II was sold to Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen and renamed the Kommodore Johnsen. The new owner modified her to a cargo-carrying training ship. More accommodation was provided, as the ship, apart from her permanent crew, was to have a complement of 50 to 60 trainee officers on each journey.    

    She came under Russian state ownership after the surrender of Germany — on December 20, 1945, the British handed over the ship to the Soviet Union as war reparation. In the Soviet Union, she was converted into a sail training vessel of the Soviet Navy. Renamed the Sedov after the Arctic explorer Georgy Sedov who died during an investigation in the Arctic in 1914, she was used as a training ship of the Navy from 1952 to 1957. She made several friendly visits to South America and Africa during this period. From 1957 to 1966 she was used as an oceanographic research ship in the North Atlantic. During these voyages, the Soviet Navy also used her for training of young cadets. In 1966 when she was transferred to the reserve in Kronstadt, formally under the civil ownership of the Ministry of Fisheries. In the 1970s, she was only infrequently used as a training ship, sailing in the Gulf of Finland.

    In 1981, the Sedov reappeared after renovation which had new features added such as a glass-domed banquet hall with a stage and a movie theater. She was now based at the Baltic Division of Training Ships in Riga. She embarked cadets from schools of navigation of Kaliningrad and Murmansk. After the declaration of independence of Latvia in 1991, she left Riga for Murmansk, transferred to the Murmansk naval school with the city of Murmansk ensuring her management and maintenance.

    Sedov has regularly been targeted by unpaid creditors of the Russian Federation such as Nissim Gaon (of now defunct Swiss group NOGA, an anagram of Gaon) and also by French holders of defaulted Russian bonds; in 2002 Sedov was forced to precipitously and unexpectedly leave Marseilles in the dead of night to avoid being served a writ by AFPER (French association of holders of Russian Empire bonds) the following morning.

    For over a year French holders of defaulted Russian bonds have been warning they were going to reorganize and export their claim to Anglo-Saxon jurisdictions, more friendly to private citizens than the French.

    In May 2008, in the wake of British-Russian tension, Sedov was instructed by Moscow not to dock as planned at Southend on Sea. The September 2008 visit to Falmouth, the starting point of FUNCHAL 500 race to Madeira, also seems to be in jeopardy.

    In 2011 "Sedov" celebrated her 90th anniversary. In 2012 "Sedov" started her first voyage around the world of more than 13 months.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Perfect Print

I found this amazing print shop on Somerset West, Main Road. Their service is incredible, brilliant prices and a unique collection of old telephones, type-writers and adding machines. The gold phone is my favourite. You can find them at http://perfectprint.wozaonline.co.za/ 143 Main Road, Somerset West. 021 852 4487

Friday, 19 April 2013

The Sedov in Cape Town

The Sedov revisits Cape Town after a 77 year absence

Arrival and departure: Monday, 22 April to Wednesday 24 April
Estimated time of arrival: 09h00
Docking details: Quay 6, Victoria Basin, V&A Waterfront
Contact: Information Centre 021-408-7600

On Monday, 22 April, the 92-year old Clipper The Sedov will again set her sails for the V&A Waterfront, a full 77 years after she last visited Cape Town in 1936.

She is currently sailing south from Port Louis with just under 40 trainee sailors on board. While in Cape Town, the vessel will be docked at Quay 6 in the V&A Waterfront.  She will remain there until her departure for Walvis Bay in Namibia on Wednesday, 24 April at 16h00.

On arrival at the V&A Waterfront, she will be welcomed by the Waterfront Harbour Master, Captain Steven Bentley.  “We are delighted to welcome a ship of the Sedov’s stature to the V&A Waterfront.  During our long and proud maritime history we have witnessed the arrival of countless ships of all shapes and sizes, but few could equal the grace and elegance of this beautiful ship. She is one of the best examples of a tall ship still in existence today” Bently said.

The four-masted barque has a history almost as romantic as her appearance.  Ordered in 1919 for German shipping company F.A. Vinnen & Co, the ship was completed and launched as the Magdalene Vinnen II in 1921.  She became the first sailing ship to be fitted with a modern auxiliary engine after the ship yard finally won out its arguments with her owners to be allowed to do this.  After her maiden voyage on 1 September, 1921 she sailed the seven seas transporting cargos of coal, timber, wheat and pyrite.  Her last voyage under the Vinnen flag took her to Argentina, South Africa, Australia, Reunion and the Seychelles.

On 9 August 1936 she was sold to Norddeutscher Loyd, Bremen who renamed her the Kommodore Johnsen, modifying her as a training ship capable of carrying a complement of 50 to 60 trainee officers in addition to her regular crew.

Following Germany’s surrender at the end of World War II, the British handed her over to the Soviet Union on 20 December 1945 as part of war reparations.  In Russian hands she was converted into a training vessel for the Soviet Navy and renamed The Sedov.  Between 1957 and 1966 she was used for oceanographic research in the North Atlantic.

By 1981 she had been given a make-over which included a glass domed banquet hall with a stage and movie theatre.  She was based at the Baltic Division of Training Ships in Riga, serving the cadet schools of Kalingrad and Murmansk. Following the declaration of independence of Latvia in 1991, her ownership was transferred to the Naval School at the Murmansk Technical University.  Today, the city of Murmansk is responsible for her management and maintenance, and she once again sails the seven seas training young naval cadets in the art of sailing.

Corporate Image

The Sedov
Career (Germany)
Laid down:
Acquired in 1945 by the Soviet Union as a war reparation
Career (Russia)
IMO number: 7946356
Call sign: UELO
MMSI number: 273510000
Used as a navy training ship. In 1966 transferred to the Ministry of Fisheries. In 1991 transferred to the Municipality of Murmansk and its School of Navy at the Murmansk University.
General characteristics
3,500 tonnes standard (GRT)
7,300 ts (at 5,350 ts load)
LOA:117.5 m
Hull:108.7 m
Deck:100 m
14.9 m
6.5 m
Auxiliary diesel
18 knots speed (8 knots under engine)
240 (Professional crew: 70; Cadets: 120; Guest trainees: 50)
Height of mass: 54.0 m
Sail area: 4,195 m²

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Seasons at The House of JC le Roux

The House of JC le Roux has a stunning new venue called Seasons. This season take a journey to Devon Valley and see for yourself. When you walk through the doors the furnishings are plush in dramatic blues, reds and golds. They showcase the Methode Cap Classique which is the Cape's way of producing 'bubbly' of world-class appeal. Upstairs the restaurant is stylish and sophisticated with beautiful views. Why not then spend the night at Mana Bed and Breakfast within strolling distance in this peaceful and serene environment. Both JC le Roux and Mana are perfect examples of the Cape Dutch style so fondly and delicately grown to be established in this valley. Thank you to Stellenbosch 360 who has yet again chosen an elegant place for our monthly meetings. This is 'le good life'!