Saturday, February 7, 2009

50 Years of Gorch Fock

Celebrating 50 Years of service of sail training vessel of the German Navy - Gorch Fock.

Date of Issue: August 07, 2009
Value: 0.55€

Launched on August 23, 1958, as the GORCH FOCK (A60) named after the German story and play writer Johann Wilhelm Kinau (1880 – 1916) who wrote under the pseudonym Gorch Fock.

Till now more than 11,000 cadets have been trained, and over the last 50 years at least six sailors have died during accidents on board, mostly falling overboard or out of the rigging.

The ship is still in service in the German Navy.

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