Duchesse Anne

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Duchesse Anne
Duchesse Anne permanently moored in Dunkirk
*Germany (1901–1946)
  • France (1946–present)
  • Großherzogin Elisabeth (1901–1946)
  • Duchesse Anne (1946–present)
Namesake: Duchess Elisabeth Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Deutscher Schulschiffverein (1901–1946)
  • French Navy (1946–1981)
  • City of Dunkirk (1981–present)
Builder: Johann C. Tecklenborg (Bremerhaven)
Launched: 7 March 1901
Homeport: Dunkirk
Nickname(s): Lisbeth
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.

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. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 

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