The Statsraad Lehmkuhl has an interesting history:
«Statsraad Lehmkuhl» served as training vessel for Bergen School Ship Foundation until 1967, except for the period 1940 - 1945, when the Germans confiscated the ship during World War II and renamed her «Westwärts».
Despite public contributions, the Bergen School Ship Foundation could not afford to operate the ship beyond 1966. The interest in traditional Training Vessels was declining, and in combination with increasing operating costs this resulted in serious considerations of selling the ship.
Shipowner Hilmar Reksten purchased the ship in order to prevent it from being sold abroad, and to make sure that it continue as a school training ship.
During the years 1968 - 1972 Shipowner Reksten operated the «Statsraad Lehmkuhl»as a training ship at his own expense and mainly for the benefit of his own shipping company. Following the oil crisis and the tanker crisis, «Statsraad Lehmkuhl» was ultimately laid-up in Bergen harbour from 1973. In 1978 Shipowner Hilmar Reksten donated the «Statsraad Lehmkuhl» to the Statsraad Lehmkuhl Foundation, which is the current owner and operator of the ship. The foundation has, over the years, rented the ship out to schools, clubs, companies and other
organizations who have used the ship for cruises and shorter trips. In addition the Foundation itself do arrange cruises and coastal trips which are open for the public to attend." (The ship´s home page)