12 May 2013

Tall Ships

 The 3 Dutch Tallships Bark EUROPA, ‘Oosterschelde’ and ‘Tecla’ have arrived in Cape Town.

I have long been a fan of these sailing majesties and headed down to the harbour. They had a general viewing with public access this morning and it was great to wonder round these approx 100 year old vessels..


The three-masted topsail schooner ‘Oosterschelde’ is the largest restored Dutch sailing ship, and is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail.


Since 1994 the Dutch three-masted bark ‘Europa’ (1911) has travelled the oceans following the Trade Winds and developed a reputation as a ship which “really sails”. The ‘Europa’ is powered by canvas and co-operation, with a professional crew of 14 and a maximum compliment of 48.


‘Tecla’ was built in 1915 in Vlaardingen, to plunder the rich North Sea fishing zones of herring. Under the name Graaf van Limburg Stirum, she fished as one of the last true commercial sailing vessels for 10 years before being forced into early retirement in Katwijk Harbour, Holland. In 1935 she was sold to Denmark and sailed the coastal waters of the Denmark transporting heavy grain, stone and turf between the Danish islands. ‘Tecla’ returned to Holland in the 1979 to be re-fitted as a charter sailing vessel. In 1989 she started sailing and has explored Irish, French and British waters.

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