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Showing posts with label Tall Ships. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tall Ships. Show all posts

Monday, 31 July 2023

Kapitan Borchardt

 Kapitan Borchardt is a iron Polish 3-masted schooner named after Karol Olgierd Borchardt (1905-1986), a Polish writer and captain of the Polish Merchant Marine. She’s the oldest sailing (and training) ship flying the Polish flag. She was launched in the Netherlands in 1918 at the J.J. Pattje & Zoon Waterhuizen shipyard, and christened as Nora, and initially used as an ocean-going cargo.

Due to numerous changes of ownership, she later bore the names Harlingen, Möwe, Vadder Gerrit and In Spé. In 1934, the ship's bow was destroyed in a collision on the Thames with a Dutch motor vessel : The Pinguin.

During the Second W.W. she was used by the Kriegsmarine as a training ship for the U-Boat school located in Gotenhafen. At the end of the war she was towed to Travemüde in 1945, and went back to Netherland in 1953, and later as a cargo sailship to Sweden.

Between 1983 and 1989 she underwent a general restoration to be converted into a cruising/training sailboat under the name Najaden. Equipped with 14 cabins, the schooner sails under Swedish flag and was based in Stockholm. During this period cruises are organized in the Baltic Sea1 from April to October. She carries a max. of 80 passengers per day and 24 on cruise.

On August 30, 2011, the Najaden left Nynashamn in Sweden, to join her new owner, the company Skłodowscy Yachting, under Polish flag. She was christened Kapitan Borchardt on October 8, 2011, in the city of Gdańsk, her new home port.

Photographed at Ardrossan Harbour.

Information courtesy of Ship Nostalgia.

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Flying Dutchman


This former herring drifter first set sail in 1903 under the name “KW 33” it was restored as an employment creation project before its new owner carried out renovation work during the winter of 2003/2004, turning it into the “Flying Dutchman”, a luxury schooner.

She is seen here at Oban and Tobermory. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

La Malouine

La Malouine is a twin masted French Brigantine tall ship, registered in the Port of Dumfries.

Seen here on Nobles slip at Girvan receiving a new pain job.

Built in Gdansk, Poland, the ship was converted into a brigantine by the Dutch designer Olivier van Meer in 1992, and, named ‘Willem’, enjoyed a career in the charter business at the Baltic Sea, carrying sailing guests, taking part in match races and participating in many sailing ship events. In 2010 it was sold to a French owner and re-named ‘La Malouine’. 

Information courtesy of Galina Walls.

Friday, 7 October 2022

Blue Clipper


Blue Clipper departing from Oban.

Some information from the ships official website.

Blue Clipper was built in 1991 at Feab Marstrandsverken in Sweden. She was once owned by the famous Brandy company Hennessey and was originally named ‘Spirit of Hennessey.’ She has appeared in various TV programmes and commercials including the Trade Winds TV series starring Hugh Johnson. Following her time sailing with Hennessey, she went on to be privately owned and spent her time sailing in Mediterranean waters under a Maltese flag.

Purchased by current owner Steve Swallow in 2016 and now named Blue Clipper, she has had a major overhaul both inside and out and has been painted a deep-sea blue – much more in keeping with her name!

She now spends her summers in Northern European waters, competing in regattas and running subsidised sail training programmes in her spare time. Steve runs Blue Clipper as a non-profit organisation. Whatever he makes from guest pleasure holidays, he reinvests into community projects for schools and youth groups giving young people an amazing opportunity to experience life on a tall ship!

In the winter she makes her way to the warmer climes of the Caribbean via Portugal to have her annual spruce up and maintenance work completed.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

TS Maybe

TS Maybe has a rather famous history, built in 1929 and owned by Jan Jacob Van Rietschoten, father of the flying Dutchman, Cornelis ‘Conny’ Van Rietschoten, the only skipper to win the Whitbread Round the World Race twice. In the hands of the Rietschoten family, TS Maybe spent many years sailing around the world.

A major milestone in Maybe’s history is that she took part in the first ever International Tall Ships Race in 1956. She is now one of the few boats that took part in that first race to still be competing in the International Tall Ship Races. A real claim to fame!

In 1962, TS Maybe was bought by the Swiss family Hans Fehr, who were experienced sailors and enjoyed sailing in warmer climates. She sailed mainly around the Mediterranean and in the 1970s regularly crossed the Atlantic between the West Indies and the Mediterranean. IN the 1980s she also sailed through the Panama Canal and up the East coast of the USA to Canada.

Tall ship Maybe was sold to her present owners in 1989 and underwent another complete restoration retuning to sailing in 2007. She returned to the International Tall Ship Races in the Baltics in 2009. In 2011, TS Maybe was restored to her original gaff rig.

Click HERE for the owners website