Christian Radich Tall Model Ship
Launched in 1937, just two years before the start of World War II, the sail-training
Model ship, Christian Radich, was named for a patron of the Christiania. The model ship made one short cruise in 1938, followed the next year by her first
transatlantic voyage, to New York for the World's Fair. Christian Radich returned
to Norway in late 1939, only to be taken over by German occupation forces at
Horten in April 1940.
When the Norwegian Navy refused to run a sail-training program in the Baltic
for German naval cadets, the Radich was used as a submarine depot model ship.
War's end found her capsized at Flensburg, Germany, stripped of virtually all
metal and fittings except her shell plating and decks. After £70,000 worth
of salvage and repair at her builders in Sandefjord, she resumed sail training
in 1947. One of the most regular participants in tall ships races and other
events in Europe and North America, by the start of her second half century
under sail, Christian Radich had been both witness to and a catalyst for the
remarkable resurgence of interest in sail training and traditional sail generally
on image above to view!