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!”


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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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


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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LAST Log Captain Stad Amsterdam: Richard Slootweg

Everything has a last time. A few months ago I started my last term on board the Clipper Stad Amsterdam and soon it became the last cruise, the last time in the US, last departure, last transatlantic, also the last journey, the last day sail, last time anchoring, last time anchor up and then a tricky one.... the last arrival. This act in itself was not very difficult to someone sailing on the Clipper for the past eleven years and bringing the ship alongside would never cause beads of sweat on this captain’s forehead. No, it is the realization that it is my last time. Never again a cruise, no more USA, never a departure and ... .. at the end of this long list never again in charge of a nautical operation on this ship. This feels really strange.
Although there will be a farewell party and drinks tonight to say goodbye to this captain and my spouse, I feel that I have been offered the best possible farewell gift already.

After an early arrival at the Azores last Friday we dropped anchor in the shelter of Faial. It was the most terrible rainy day of this trip. The incessant drizzle turned Pico and Faial into nothing but a dark gray haze. How melancholically for a captain ending his career on the clipper.
We were supposed to arrive in the port of Horta on Sunday and therefore it was possible to sail and arrive at the Azores on Saturday once more. Only this time the sun was shining.

The sky was as blue as the sea and the lively green hillsides had an enormous intensity which was almost unrecognizable. One more day of sailing, one very last time. Second officer Martin offered me to take over his watch which enabled me to be in charge of setting sails once more as a captain. One last time with topsails, one last tack, heaving one more time and my last anchorage. Yes, this was a far more dignified arrival than the day before and because the motor had not been running since Miami we agreed that we could therefore certainly count this as our day of arrival.
My last command “heave anchor” made me realize that this was the very last time of sailing the City of Amsterdam. And if I did not already have enough to swallow at that moment it was the “chain stopper on" for the bosun which started an ovation by the crew as a surprise for me. What a special day ... ..the best present that a ship, her crew and the gods of weather could possible give to a departing captain.

Saying goodbye to our guests one last time, a final assignment and, indeed, my very last Captain’s Log. My last chance to thank all of my loyal readers and to wish all of those carrying the Clipper in his or her heart:

Fair winds!

Richard Slootweg
Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam (not for long anymore)

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