Welcome aboard the three masted schooner 'Oosterschelde'
Here is information on sailing along on this one and only authentic Dutch threemaster. Her homeport is Rotterdam, from where she started sailing cargo in 1918. She is the largest Dutch restored sailing ship and sails all around the world. You can sail along with her.
The site offers the history of the ship, photographs, voyages, dates & prices. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call or e–mail us.
Our brochure (PDF, 3.1 Mb) will inform you in detail.
You are very welcome on board.
Type: Three-masted topsail schooner
Year of construction: 1918
Restoration: 1988 - 1992
Port of registration: Veerhaven, Rotterdam (51°54.4' N, 004°28.7' E)
Length overall: 50 m
Length stem to stern: 40.12 m
Width: 7.50 m
Draught: 3.00 m
Mast height from keel: 36 m
Sail area: 891 square m
Engine: Deutz 6 cylinders, 360 hp
Two person cabins: 8
Four person cabins: 2
Capacity voyages: 24 passengers
Capacity daytrips: 120 passengers (at sea 36)
Call sign: PGNP
IMO number: 5347221
MMSI number: 246011000
RECEPTIONS ON BOARD A day trip provides with the opportunity to meet colleagues, customers and other invitees naturally and informally. You can raise a sail together, take the helm or enjoy a drink at the ship’s bar, while above many hundreds of square meters of sail billow in the wind. On a day trip there is room for 120 guests.
EVENTS A sea voyage with the ‘Oosterschelde’ during a nautical event or festival will be a unique event for your group. The ship, the crew and the striking entourage will make this an unforgettable day for your guests.
MEALS A well-run catering organization accentuates the special character of your sea voyage. In the modern galley our chef prepares excellent meals. A snack, a dinner (max. 55 persons) or an extensive buffet (max. 120 persons) are all part of our versatile programme.
longterm charter The ship is certified and equiped to sail worldwide. Please contact us to check the possibilities.
E V E N T S A N D
D A Y T R I P S
World port days Rotterdam
Tall Ships Antwerp
OpSail New York
International Festival of the Sea, Edinburgh
Hanse Sail Rostock
Fêtes Maritimes de Douarnenez
Londen Boat Show
L’Armada de la Liberté, Rouen
St. Petersburg 300 year
Oostershelde PDF Brochure 3 MB
(The password to open the brochure is "ben")
The ship is very comfortably equipped and fitted with all modern conveniences. All cabins have a wash basin with warm and cold running water. Showers are shared. In the spacious and stylishly furnished lounge are reading tables, sitting areas and a piano. Underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove give a pleasant temperature. There is an extensive library with books on several sailing areas, animal life and ships and there are documentaries on videotape.
The crew generally consists of captain, 1rst mate, engineer, bosun, 2 seamen, cook and galley boy. The crew is fully qualified and has all the papers and diplomas required.
Dates and prices are provisional. The shipping company organizes transfers from the Netherlands to the ship and back. We would be delighted to inform about the possibilities. Of course, you can also arrange your own transfer. Prices are per person and include taxes, three meals a day, coffee, tea, etcetera. However, transfer and travel insurance are excluded. Drinks bought in the ship's bar have to be paid in cash at the end of the trip. We accept €, US$ en UK£.
Our program for summer and fall 2006 has the following voyages open:
From June 25 to July 09 (#1) will begin the first of six 14 day voyages to Spitzbergen. The last of these #6, will be from September 15 untill September 29, 2006 embarking at Longyearbyen (N) and disembarking at Tromsø (N). The Spitzbergen voyage #6 will be via Bear Island. Cost for these voyages will be from € 2450/2800 with meals included.
Please contact us for dates and details, plus PDF brochures on the voyages.
Sail Plan-Technical drawings
The crew generally consists of captain, 1st mate, engineer, bosun, 2 seamen,
cook and galley boy.
The crew is fully qualified and has all the papers and diplomas required.
The historic threemasted 'Oosterschelde' is the largest restored sailing
ship of the Netherlands. She makes many voyages on all seas and oceans and
you can sail along. Our program shows the voyages she will make in the near
Sailing with such a big original sailing vessel is a very special experience.
The elements of nature have to be reckoned with continuously. Conditions
at sea are never the same. A change of plans at sea is not unusual. At longer
crossings it is necessary to sail by night and to keep watch. All passengers,
except for those who wish otherwise, are, together with the crew, divided
into groups to sail, to steer and to navigate the ship. Sailing experience
is not required.
In our experience most of the passengers prefer to be actively involved
in the activities aboard. The crew will gladly explain the purpose of all
lines, halyards and sheets. Working together creates a bond, but the same
applies to enjoying together the sunsets and sunrises, which are most impressive
from a ship against a broad horizon. The watch system consists of three
shifts, each one lasting four hours. This means that after a watch there
are eight hours to spend in another way.
The 'Oosterschelde' has become loved among nautical and nature lovers. None
of them expects to sail on a luxurious cruise. The main thing is actively
and directly getting acquainted with nature and animal life, with the sea
and with sailing. The ship is very comfortably equipped and fitted with
all modern conveniences. All cabins have a wash basin with warm and cold
running water. Showers are shared. In the spacious and stylishly furnished
lounge are reading tables, sitting areas and a piano. Underfloor heating
and a wood-burning stove give a pleasant temperature. There is an extensive
library with books on several sailing areas, animal life and ships and there
are documentaries on video.
Life on board is made pleasant by excellent meals prepared by our professional
cook and his galley boy.
We sail some expeditions
to South Georgia and Antarctica.
Afterwards is another voyage to Antarctica and
an 6 week trans- Atlantic sailing to Cape Hope, Africa via South Georgia. Sail with us!
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adventurous?. A trip that will make the adrenaline move through your body
like never before? Something only a true adventurer would do? Are you one
of those Adventurers? If it is...
What you need to do to join us on
a unique adventure.
Simple, just contact us with a rough outline of your
requirements and let me, Captain Ben, and my Crew to do the rest for you.
Finally there isn't much we cannot cope with. Individuals
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