Published: Thursday, 23 June 2016

In collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Guangzhou, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) is hosting the 89-year-old Norwegian heritage vessel Sørlandet, one of the world’s oldest full-rigged tall ship in operation. From June 21 onwards, the 57-metre long Sørlandet is berthed at HKMM at Central Pier 8. 

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(Photos: HKMM - Sørlandet)

Sørlandet was first built in 1927 and can host up to 200 people for deck parties with 20 crew members.

"Sørlandet" literally means "The Southern Land/Country" (pronounced as "sir-lan-da"). “The Sørlandet is a tall ship built as a school ship to train seafarers for the merchant navy,” says Sørlandet Captain Sture Erichsen. “Today the Sørlandet is on its first circumnavigation with high school students on board for teaching them to be a world citizen and get to know the world they live in. This can be more than a textbook topic than other subjects like Mathematics, Calculus, Physics, History, Mandarin and English.”

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The tall ship started its voyage in Norway and travelled to Portugal and Morocco, via Caribbean Sea and South Pacific Ocean to Surabaya, Indonesia. The tall ship then departed Singapore for Hong Kong, which is the last stop of this school year before heading back to its hometown. 

“Our A+ World Academy students have brought their classroom to the world,” says A+ World Academy Head of School Terry Davies. “22 ports of call, five continents, 19 countries and over 16,000 nautical miles later, we are thrilled to be in Hong Kong, the capstone port and our graduation venue for the 2015-16 year. Our students are completing a year dedicated to understanding of global citizenship. Located in Central, Hong Kong and being the guests of the impressive Maritime Museum are just perfect for our students and faculty.”

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“It is our great pleasure to have the Sørlandet berthed by our Museum during the occasion of the ‘Day of the Seafarer’,” says HKMM Museum Director Richard Wesley. “Thanks to the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy Beijing and the effort of the Royal Norwegian Consulate in both Hong Kong and Guangzhou, as well as Wallem Shipping in joining forces to create this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet or aboard this almost century-old tall ship, originated from the far away Norway! We looked forward to the arrival of Sørlandet, which, without a doubt, has become the city’s highlight this summer. Special thanks to both Transport Department and Marine Department to make it possible for having the tall ship berthed by our museum.”

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 Sørlandet Public Visit Day @HKMM

 Date: July 2, 2016 (Sat)

 Time: 11:00 – 11:45, 14:00 – 14:45, 15:15 – 16:00, 16:30 – 17:15

 Capacity per session: maximum 50 persons

 Venue: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Central Pier No. 8, Man Kwong Street, Central

 Embarkation Point: Central Pier 8, Lower Deck

 Token Distribution: Visitor Services Counter, Hong Kong Maritime Museum (Starting from 10:30 onwards, first come first served).

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