Morgenster

Go to bookings and prices The Morgenster has been sailing as a clipperbrik since 2008 when her restoration was finished. The mission is to preserve a historical heritage of seafaring and to help further develop all the persons on board. Marian and Harry Muter wanted to build a beautiful historical ship, one to pleasantly spend time on and as a bonus they build her as a great sailing vessel. During the Tall Ships Races she can always be found somewhere in the leading group. And also at other races she is a feared competitor. Her rigging was said to be dated since 1840, but she runs very well with it. But what it all comes down to is making friends and having a great time.

One of threir trainees told us:
I’m going to tell my friends how amazing it has been. I will tell them about our visits in the ports of Arendal and Kristansand, about the crew parade, about the climbing of the mast, and of course about the less fortunate weather. They will hear about the nice crew, the other great trainees, the captain and, of course, about us throwing water balloons! Also of our visit at the Norwegian family, the delicious food, our watches, our work, and they are going to hear that I am definitely coming back!”

Accommodation

You have all the space you need at the Morgenster. On the lower deck you can take a breather at the bar or in the spacious seating area. This vessel can hold up to 36 trainees, divided in four-person and three-person cabins. There are also eight comfortable hammocks to really experience being on a ship to the fullest.
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Specifications

Shipping type: Brig
Homeport: Den Helder, NL
Date built: 1919
Restored: 2008
Crew: 6-10
Capacity: 36 pers.
Daytrips: 90 pers.
Length: 48 m
Beam: 6.64 m
Draught: 2.40 m
Sail: 600 m2
Displacement: 225 ton
Height of mast: 29 m
Engine capacity: 430 HP

History

Carrying the name 'Vrouwe Maria', this brig was put into use in 1919 for the catching of fish in the North Sea. A motor was fitted in 1928 and in 1947 it got extended and re-measured. In 1959 the name changed into Morgenster. Later on the ship served in sport fishing and as a radio ship for Radio Del Mare. In 1993 Harry Muter bought the vessel to rebuild it into a Sail Training Ship. In 2008 the ship can be found sailing the waters of Europe once again.
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Update Oosterschelde

A report by Eva:
“We started our sailing trip in Sal.
After gathering all guests we had a nice welcome on board by the captain and the crew, coffee and cookies were offered and everybody was happy to be on such a great ship. An introduction about a few rules were followed by a very tasty dinner from Jessica, chief of the galley. Next moring after breakfast and a little lesson about sailing we started our trip to the second island: Santiago. We had enough wind for a nice day of sailing, only the view was not that good, the sky was dusty and cloudy. A sandstorm brought a lot of sand from the Sahara to the archipel. Usually it rains on Cape Verde in August, September and October, but we were on that day the lucky bastards who got a few drops of rain in January.
The first dinner at sea was a little challenge for some of us (always one hand for the ship!), but we finished without damage to dishes and people. After dinner the wind died out and we started the engine for the rest of the way during the night. A pleasure to the people on nightwatch, they were not needed and could have a good time of sleep. The ship dropped anchor in the bay of Tarrafal about 6.30 a.m.
Almost everybody of the guests did the trip around the north half of the island. It started in Tarrafal and then we followed a road to the easterly coast and had an amazing view over the coastline. A short visit in a village called Rabelarte, where we had the chance to get a look to the culture of the inhabitants and their way of living. Our guide told us something about their history.
The next stop was the old and huge Kapok-tree in Boa Entrada, the age is eastimated about 800 years. After a very good lunch in Assomada we went to a big market for vegetables and fruits where you can buy almost everything.
Serra Malagueta is a natural park and protected area on this island, where a lot of endemic plants are to find and some interesting spiders (crazy black-yellow spiders) and birds are to find. We took a nice walk there and through the dusty air we could even see the big vulcano of the island of Fogo.
Last stop of our sightseeing trip was a concentration camp, a dark chapter of the Cape Verdian history, but nevertheless part of history.
Back on the ‘Oosterschelde’ another great dinner and best dessert ever. Hurray for Jessica again. All people who participated in the trip were pretty tired after that day and so it was a quiet evening. Over night we did anchorwatches and tomorrow after lunch we will be leaving and sailing for S?o Vicente.”

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