Carola: THE HISTORY

Carola was launched in 1928 as "Flora". In the 88 years she's been afloat, she has had two distinct careers: commerce and sail training. Built in Frederikshavn, Jutland, Denmark, and rigged as a traditional galleass, or ketch, she was fitted as a kvase with a seawater hold for transporting live fish to Denmark's major cities. She operated out of Vestero Havn, on Laeso Island in the Kattegatt. Around 1960 she was converted to carry dry goods and passengers.

In 1974 she was acquired by Hans-Edwin Reith, Chairman of Blumenthal Shipping, in Hamburg and renamed Carola after Reith's wife. Taken to Travemunde, Germany, her hull, rig and sails were completely restored and she was fitted out as a gentleman's fast criuser. In 1976 Carola crossed the Atlantic to participate in the American Bicentenary Tall Ships events in New York and Boston. Afterwards Reith became a founder of Germany's civilian sail training movement. In 1984 Carola won the Tall Ships race from Bermuda to Nova Scotia, powering through a violent Atlantic storm that damaged several competitors and sank one boat with the loss of half the crew. Carola was inducted into the Tall Ships International fleet with sail number G73.

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Carola

Tall Ship TS G-73

Launched 1928 - Frederikshavn, Denmark

Winner of the 1984 Tall Ships Race:
Bermuda to Nova Scotia

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