The Ship

Christian Radich is one of three Norwegian school ships, built for training sailors for the Norwegian merchant navy.

The ship is viewed by many as one of the world’s most beautiful tall ships.

It has a capacity of 75 passengers, excluding the crew members.

Passengers are divided into 3 teams that are joining the sail trip, and they will go on duty for 4 hours on and 8 hours off.

SS Christian Radich

Three mast fully rigged ship

The vessel was built for training sailors for the Norwegian merchant navy, and did so for many years. Since 1999 the ship has been on the charter market as well as sailing with paying trainees to foreign ports on summer trips, participating in the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race and large sail events in European ports.


Christian Radich was built by Framnæs Mech. Yard in 1937. She was built as a sail training ship: the orlops (dormitories) had capacity for berthing 80-90 students (maximum 80 today after renovation), a large galley for learning to cook, carpentry training, and earlier there was also a machine shop on board (where the galley is now) for the training of engineers. The purpose of the training ship was to train sailors. Sailing ships were the usual vessels around the turn of the century and that is why the sailing ships continued as a school ship later on.


Even though the initiator to build Christian Radich is often referred to as “Captain”, his profession was general manager of a saw mill and he was also part owner in another. However, he loved the sea, and it is said that he never got tired of listening to stories from his cousin who was a captain. Simeon Christian Radich lived from 1822 to 1889. His birthplace was Halden, but he lived most of his life in Oslo, at that time named Kristiania. Thus, the ship is strongly associated with Oslo.

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Technical Specifications

Homeport: Oslo
Ship building yard:Framnæs Mekaniske Verksted, Norway
Year of construction:1937
LOA w/bowspritz:73,00 m
Beam:9,70 m
Depht:4,70 m
Height:37,70 m
Net tonns:198,00 tonn
Gross tons:663,00 tonn
Deplacements:1050,00 tonn
Sail area:1360,00 m2
Number of sails:27
Crew, about:15-20 persons
Main engine Caterpilar:900 hk
Speed, engine:10 knots
Speed, sailing:14 knots
Bowthruster:200 kw