‘Oosterschelde’ off on 2nd circumnavigation. Hop on!
ROTTERDAM _ The ‘Oosterschelde’ _ at 50-m, the Netherlands’ largest restored sailing ship _ has left on her second circumnavigation. On Nov. 3, the 3-masted topsail schooner left her home port of Rotterdam for an 18-month trek around the capes. You can join her anywhere! Check it out!
Captain Gerben Knab: “This voyage is a classic one because (security issues make) the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Aden undoable. So we are going around the capes.” The ‘Oosterschelde’ will head south for Brazil, then swing southeast for stops at the South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. From there to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost city. “From Ushuaia we’ll make 2, maybe 3 Antarctic expeditions,” says Knab.
After that, the ‘Oosterschelde’ returns home. She will be joined on parts of her circumnavigation by 2 other historic vessels _ the ‘Europa’ and the ‘Tecla’ _ and follow the wake of Dutch explorers Abel Tasman en Cornelis de Houtman. The 3 ships meet up in Cape Town to jointly sail to Australia and New Zealand. Anyone _ no experience needed _ can crew on coastal or trans-ocean legs. The shipping company organizes transfers from the Netherlands to the ship and back. In ports visited en route, the Oosterschelde can be chartered for corporate or other events.
The ‘Oosterschelde’ was built in the Netherlands in 1918. Named for the eastern part of the Scheldt River estuary, she carried clay, bricks, wood, salted herring, bran, potatoes, straw and bananas along European coasts and Africa. In 1939, the ship came under Danish flag and was renamed ‘Fuglen’. In 1954, she became Swedish-owned and was converted to a motor yacht that plied the Baltic Sea, under the name ‘Sylvan’. In 1988, the ship returned to the Netherlands where the Rotterdam Sailing Ship Foundation oversaw a major refit, starting in 1990. On Aug. 21 1992, she was officially re-launched as a historical sailing ship offering cruises to global destinations.
A slice of high seas life:
By Yvonne Colgan aboard the Oosterschelde
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