Duchesse Anne

Duchesse Anne (formerly called Großherzogin Elisabeth) is the last remaining full-rigged ship under French flag. She was built in 1901 with a steel hull by the yard of Joh. C. Tecklenborg of Bremerhaven-Geestemünde (Germany) according to plans drawn by Georg W. Claussen. The mainmast is 48 m tall and 25 sails were rigged.[1] She was used as a training ship for young aspiring sailors in the German merchant marine.

Duchesse Anne
Duchesse Anne permanently moored in Dunkirk
Name: Großherzogin Elisabeth (Grand Duchess Elisabeth)
Owner: Deutscher Schulschiffverein
Builder: Johann C. Tecklenborg, Bremerhaven
Launched: 7 March 1901
Nickname(s): Lisbeth
Fate: Handed over to France as a war reparation, August 15, 1946
Name: Duchesse Anne
Namesake: Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • French Navy (1946–1981)
  • City of Dunkirk (1981–present)
Acquired: 15 August 1946
Homeport: Dunkirk
Status: Museum ship
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,250 tons
Length: 92 m (302 ft)
Beam: 11.9 m (39 ft)
Draft: 5.45 m (17.9 ft)
Notes: Sail area: 2,060 m²


Sailing as Großherzogin Elisabeth in 1913

The ship was handed over to France as war reparations after World War II and renamed Duchesse Anne. The ship has been classified a historical monument since 5 November 1982.

Similar shipsEdit

Several other training windjammers of the German "Deutscher Schulschiff-Verein" also survive to this day:


  1. ^ "Site officiel de la Ville de Dunkerque: La Duchesse Anne". Ville de Dunkerque. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2012.

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Coordinates: 51°02′15″N 2°22′20″E / 51.03750°N 2.37222°E / 51.03750; 2.37222