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

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.


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 ships

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.

External links

  • Media related to Duchesse Anne (ship, 1901) at Wikimedia Commons

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