‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’- Networking Fjord Cruise on Christian Radich

The conclusions of the European project ‘Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe’ (CHCFE), coordinated by Europa Nostra and supported by the EU Culture programme, will be presented on 12 June 2015 at the Domus Media of the Oslo University. To close the day dedicated to the CHCFE project, Europa Nostra is organising a networking cruise along the Oslo fjord on-board the three mast sailing ship Christian Radich.

When merchant and captain Christian Radich from Oslo died in 1889, he left by will 90.000 Norwegian Kroner to the building of a new school ship for Oslo. His only condition was that the ship should carry his name. The sailing ship was built nearly 50 years later at the Framnæs Yard in Norway.

From 1937 until 1998, the Christian Radich sailed as a school ship and played an important part in the education of Norwegian sailors. During World War II, the German Navy used it as a depot vessel and as a sail training ship in Norway and Germany. It was hit in dock during a bomb attack in Flensburg in 1945. After the war, the ship was restored and returned to its normal duty in Oslo in 1947.

Since 1956 the Christian Radich has taken part in international school ship races, today called “Tall Ships’ Races”. It has won an impressive number of races.

Today, Christian Radich takes on paying guests as trainees and hosts school voyages for companies and private parties. Since 2005, it has partly acted as a school ship for the Norwegian Royal Marine.

The ship is often referred to as “Norway’s sailing ambassador”. The Christian Radich Foundation preserves it for the benefit of future generations.

The Christian Radich will take us out for a cruise in the “Inner Oslo Fjord Archipelago”, with dinner being served on-board.

Please wear warm clothes and comfortable shoes (no high heels).