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Tuesday 14 June 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National
The 100 students aboard the Statsraad Lehmkuhl are not allowed to step onto Rarotonga because some of the crew have Covid-19. Photo: Caleb Fotheringham/22061314
The ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl, is carrying 90 students from all around the world.
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Authority harbour master John Jessie said some of the students were from Fiji,
Papua New Guinea and South Africa.
Jessie said the students
are studying ocean biology and were previously in Tahiti.
“They won’t be doing any
surveys here, they’re just on a stand down trip taking some time off and then
they head back to the sea,” he said.
The ship will remain in
Rarotonga until Wednesday, however, Jessie said nobody on board was allowed to
come on land because some of the crew had Covid-19.
The ship is parked
outside of the harbour because it’s mast could get in the way of landing
planes, Jessie said. The maximum height of a ship’s mast allowed in the harbour
is 27 metres.
According to the foundation that manages the ship,
it was built in 1914 in Germany
as a training ship for the German merchant marine.
It later changed hands to
England as part of the war reparations in 1920. In 1921 it was purchased by
Norway and put into service as a sail training vessel from 1923.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl is
today Norway’s largest and oldest square-rigged sailing ship.