Adolf Vinnen was a 1,849 GRT five-masted barquentine. She was 79.90 metres (262 ft 2 in) long, with a beam of 10.40 metres (34 ft 1 in) and a depth of 5.80 metres (19 ft 0 in). She was propelled by sails and two 350 horsepower (260 kW) 4-cylinder diesel engines. She was designed for a crew of 45.Edit
On 9 February 1923 during her maiden voyage from Kiel Germany to Barry, Glamorgan, Wales Adolf Vinnen was driven ashore at Bass Point, Cornwall, United Kingdom in a gale. The Lizard lifeboat attended the ship. Her crew of 24 was rescued by breeches buoy from the cliffs above the wreck. Adolf Vinnen was the last large sailing ship wrecked in the Lizard area. The wreck lies in 12 metres (39 ft) of water.