Days of Yore
A training Clipper with an Arabic touch
FLUSHING _ Officials from Oman’s defense ministry and Damen Shipyards gathered in this Dutch port in mid-May for the naming of the Royal Navy of Oman’s new flagship.
The 87m-sail training Clipper ‘Shabab Oman II’ is a steel-hulled, 3-masted vessel. The full square rigger is built to design principles set for the iconic tea Clippers of the 19th century. Brimming with 21st century technology and comfort _ including AC in every cabin _ the Omani flagship boasts 2,700-sq.m of sail and can accommodate 34 navy recruits plus a 58-strong crew. Shabab Oman II will replace a training vessel of the same name. .
Damen Project Manager Arnoud Both: “This is a Clipper with an Arabic touch. Our design partners toured Oman seeking inspiration for its interiors and furnishing. Finishing touches include hand-carved teak at the bow, teak palm leaves at the stern, and gilded interior wood work.” Shabab Oman’s main sail shows a sheathed dagger superimposed on 2 crossed swords.
The new ship is the third example of Damen’s relationship with Dykstra Naval Architects. It follows the delivery of the ‘Stad Amsterdam’ training ship and the Brazilian navy’s ‘Cisne Branco.’ It was principally constructed at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania, then towed to Flushing where the 50m steel/aluminium masts, rigging and spars were installed.