The Gorch Fock is a tall ship of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). The ship is named in honor of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym "Gorch Fock". The ship and crew have been entertaining visitors to St. John's harbour for the past 3 days.
The Gorch Fock has been in continuous service as a school ship for the German Navy since 1958. More than 11,000 cadets have been trained on the Gorch Fock in that time.
In 1987/88, she sailed around the world, with stops on five continents. Lasting 336 days, this was her second longest cruise, topped only by a training cruise in 1996/97 from Kiel to Bangkok and back that lasted 343 days.