34 :: Preussen (1902)

At the end of the 19th century, installing winches on the sail “jibs” limited the work force and substantially reduced costs, thus enabling commercial long-range sailships to resist the advent of steamships.


As coal was about to win the day, came Preussen, built in 1902 at Geestemünde for F.L. Laeisz, from Hamburg. She was a square quintuple-master, and remains the only one of her type in the great tradition of the square-sailed ship, dating back to the Tudors.


The ship pas 147 m long and 16.4 m wide. She can transport a payload of up to 8000 tonnes and reach 18 knots (1 knot = 1.852 km/h). She had a crew of 48 and her draught was 8.3 m.