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Community / Flotilla, jarl squad and musicians welcomes Statsraad Lehmkuhl into Lerwick – all live on Norwegian TV

Photo: Jim Mullay

NORWEGIAN training ship Statsraad Lehmkuhl enjoyed a slightly more rousing arrival into Lerwick Harbour than usual on Friday night – with the voyage broadcast live on Norwegian TV and online to the world.

The impressive 107-year-old tall ship, a regular visitor to Shetland, was met by a flotilla of small boats as she approached Lerwick.

Among those going out to meet the ship was the Lerwick Lifeboat, which had Maggie Adamson on board playing fiddle, and the historic local boat Dim Riv.

Photo: Terri Mackay

When the Statsraad Lehmkuhl approached Victoria Pier she was met by a throng of well-wishers, a jarl squad and some traditional music too.

People can watch the live footage of the ship arriving into Lerwick here.

Guests on the Statsraad Lehmkuhl are not allowed ashore due to Covid regulations, and the ship is due to sail away again later today (Saturday).

The ship has a fairly lengthy trip starting in the coming weeks; it is soon set to head off a circumnavigation of the world which will last until April 2023, sailing 55,000 nautical miles and visiting 36 different ports.

The expedition is part of the United Nations’ Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development project, which aims to share knowledge about the role of the ocean in sustainable global development.

Photo: Terri Mackay
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