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Lennuk, in current Estonian, means aeroplane. Employed as the title of the British Estonian Association’s journal, however, it has two quite different associations.
Not only was it the name given to the magic ship which took the eponymous hero of the Estonian epic tale, Kalevipoeg, to the end of the world, but it was also the name given to a destroyer in the fledgling Estonian Navy at the beginning of the Estonian War of Independence. Formerly the Bolshevik vessel Avrotil the warship was captured, near Tallinn, by a Royal Navy Task Force under the command of Admiral Sir Walter Cowan, renamed Lennuk, and commissioned in the Estonian Navy, under the command of Admiral Juhan Pitka, on 2nd January 1919.
LENNUK, the journal of the British Estonian Association is published twice per year and distributed free to members. Now a well-established and highly regarded publication, its scope extends from culture to sport, and politics to business. It seeks always to meet the objective set by its original founders: ‘to work as a mirror for Estonians and as a looking glass for British people who have an interest in Estonia and Estonian affairs.’
Offers of articles for publication in LENNUK are always welcomed as are views and comments on the contents of recent editions.
To that end e-mail contact should be made with the editor, Tina Tamman: