Posted: April 15, 2012 in Art, Geography


Date of launch 29 July 1905
Place of launch Hamburg
Type 4-masted steel barque
GRT 3020
NRT 2777
DWT 4500
Length 96.3 m (316.1 ft)
Beam 14.0 m (46.1 ft)
Draft 8.0 m (26.2 ft)


  • 29 July 1905
    Built of steel by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, for Reederei F. Laeisz, Hamburg. She was rigged as a four-masted barque carrying royals over double topgallant sails. She sailed on the South American nitrate trade until the outbreak of World War I. 
  • 1914
    Stayed in Santa Cruz de la Palma until 1920 because of the war. 
  • 17 March 1920
    Handed over to Italy as war compensation. 
  • 1921
    Laid up. 
  • 26 February 1924
    Bought back by Laeisz and put back on the nitrate trade. 
  • November 1931
    Sold to Gustaf Erikson, Mariehamn and put on the Australian wheat trade
  • 3 August 1941
    Taken as prize of war by the New Zealand government. 
  • 12 November 1948
    Returned to Erikson and made one last voyage on the wheat trade in 1948-49 together with her sister ship the Passat
  • 10 July 1949
    Rounded Cape Horn homeward bound; this was the last time in history that a cargo-carrying sailing vessel rounded the Horn. 
  • 1 June 1951
    The Pamir and the Passat were to be broken up in Hamburg, but were bought by a German shipowner from the scrapyard, to be used as cargo-carrying schoolships. They were rebuilt in Kiel and had engines installed. 
  • 21 September 1957
    The Pamir was tragically lost in a hurricane when her cargo of grain had shifted. Of the 86 men on board only six survived. 



The Pamir The Pamir

via Pamir.



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