is an iron-hulled sailing ship
, originally launched as the Georg Stage
in 1882 and used to train sailors
. After sailing around the world as a private yacht in 1934 it served as a training in the United States
, and is now a museum ship
at Mystic Seaport
Australian sailor and author Alan Villiers
saved Georg Stage
from the scrappers and renamed the ship in honor of famed sea author Joseph Conrad
. Villiers planned a circumnavigation
with a crew of mostly boys. Conrad
sailed from Ipswich
on October 22, 1934, crossed the Atlantic Ocean
to New York City
, then down to Rio de Janeiro
, Cape Town
, and across the Indian Ocean
and through the East Indies
. After stops in Sydney
, New Zealand
, and Tahiti
rounded Cape Horn
and returned to New York on October 16, 1936, having travelled a total of some 57,000 miles.
Villiers was bankrupted as a result of the expedition (although he did get three books out of the episode - Cruise of the "Conrad"
, and Joey Goes to Sea
), and sold the ship to George Huntington Hartford
, founder of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company
, who added an engine and used her as a yacht
. In 1939 Hartford transferred the vessel to the Maritime Commission
, who used her for training until 1945. After being laid up for two years, the ship was transferred to Mystic Seaport.
In addition to her role as a museum, she is also a static training vessel.