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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Morgenster EU-exchange - Log August 1st

When I woke up this morning and went outside, the first thing someone said to me was: ‘There were NO dolphins…. NO dolphins’. Of course they just saw dolphins and I missed them. Luckily a few minutes later there were a few as well so I got to see them after all. They day was pretty much the same as all the others with watch, lunch, happy hour. The wind couldn’t really decide whether it wanted to be here or not. Sometimes there was almost storm and a few minutes later there would be nothing. Therefore, had to adjust the sails a lot.

Special about today was the Dutch snack. We brought liquorish and stroopwafels. The Norwegians and Danish keep saying that we stole everything we say is Dutch. So they say that liquorish is from Finland. That they invented the cheescutter. Nasi of course is originally not Dutch but we changed it into something typical. The stroopwafels though, everyone liked them a lot.

We also had the Danish and Norwegian presentation. The Danish even used the beamer and made a powerpoint presentation. They had good tips about what NOT to do when you’re in Denmark. Apparently they have a lot of strange hand signs when they are cycling. They have a sign that says they are going to stop.
The Norwegians made a play about trolls. Three animals wanted to pass a bridge but there was a troll they had to pass. It was really funny to see them play the troll and animals. They also showed were they lived
on the map . And something really awesome: the distance between the southern part of Norway to the North is the same distance as from the Southern part to Rome.

After the Norwegian presentation they gave us ‘Boller’. They were really nice.
When the presentations were done we did a heads up on the murdergame. Almost everyone is already dead. There are just a few left. I’m curious who will win. I am already dead so it won’t be me.

Somewhere in between there was another drill. Noelle was hidden in one of the cabins and people had to go downstairs blindfolded and find her. On deck there was someone with a walkitalki to keep in touch with the people downstairs. It was a good communication practice.

- By Esther Brantjes

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