Expedition Sailing With National Geographics, Sea Cloud Ship

Sea Cloud Ship Detail

The sailing Sea Cloud ship is technically not a ship, but a four-masted barque with its forward three masts rigged with square sails and its aft mast rigged with two gaff sails that run on spars at both the top and bottom (see diagram below). She is larger and more impressive than one expects, built in 1931 by E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriwether Post to impress with the length of a football field and rigged with thirty sails. Her mainmast towers to 188 feet above the waterline, meaning she would just fit inside London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Sea Cloud is a true adventure cruise sailing ship, capable of reaching over 11 knots under sail, which is slightly more than her speed from her two diesel engines. With 32,000 square feet of sail and over 10 miles of line and cable, she remains a small ship adventure travel legend to this day.


  • American European

  • Gross/ Net tonnage: 2532/ 760

  • Length overall: 357 feet 109,50 m

  • Beam max.: 49 feet 14,94 m

  • Draft: 17 feet 5,13 m

  • Air draft: 188.4 feet 57,40 m

  • Height of main mast: 178 feet 54,20 m

  • Total area of sails: 32,000 sq. feet 3.000 m²

  • Number of sails: 30

  • Main engine: 2 SKL diesel engines

  • Speed max.: 10 knots

  • Passengers max.: 64

  • Crew max.: 60

  • Port of Registry and Registry no: Valetta, Malta 1658

  • Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd

  • Built: 1931, Germania Werft Kiel

  • Call sign: 9HOM2


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