The route across the Minch
is similar in distance to tackling the English Channel, but with stronger currents and worse weather.
Following the rescue, the Minch
Harvester was escorted into Tynemouth by the German minesweepers, which went on to dock at Spillers Quay on the eastern end of Newcastle Quayside where the crews were greeted by officers from HMS Calliope.
The rescue came just 21 hours after the vessel ran aground across the Minch
at Lochinver, Sutherland.
Ecologists fear a shipping disaster in the Minch and Pentland Firth, off the north- west coast, would have a "terminal" effect on fishing and tourism.
Western Isles environmental services chairman Angus Nicolson said: "Passage through the Minch is not easy and we have been calling for these types of measures for several years.
And just before noon yesterday, she was able to rejoin her mother and other members of the pod in waters of The Minch
, none the worse for her ordeal.
And Stornoway Sheriff Court heard that a helicopter had to winch 13 crew off the stricken vessel when it hit rocks across the Minch off the Butt of Lewis as Sesma napped.
Instead they travelled across the Minch but wind and currents pushed them straight into the rocks at the Butt of Lewis, unnoticed by the sleeping watchman.
Worried about rough seas, they took the Caledonian Canal from Fort William to Inverness, instead of crossing The Minch with the rest of the Tall Ships race.
Ironically, the other 60 vessels in the race were at the time making good progress over the Minch in unusually calm seas.
So many people from the West Highlands wanted to spend the night aboard a frigate in the choppy Atlantic waters of The Minch
that they had to draw lots to take part.
A ferry crew crossing the Minch
sparked a day-long rescue mission involving locals after spotting the mammal on a remote island.