The Sedov revisits Cape Town after a 77 year absence
Arrival and departure Monday, 22 April to Wednesday 24 April
On Monday, 22 April, the 92-year old Clipper The Sedov will arrive at 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.
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.
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 and Arkhangelsk. 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.