Every year the 281 gross tonnage Danish full rigged ship Georg Stage, the world’s smallest active full rigged ship, goes on long voyages for about five months before returning to her home-port of Copenhagen in November.
She was built in 1935 and is still being used for her original purpose of training young people for the Danish merchant navy.
The Dutch sea going charter fleet of square-riggers, schooners and ketches are a completely new type of sailing ship that has appeared in the last four decades. They are a mixture of traditional nineteenth century ships, but make use of modern developments. Some are extremely active and make long voyages in the summer.
The Dutch tops’l schooner Flying Dutchman has visited many parts of the world including the Baltic, West Africa, and Mediterranean, but when she visited the Caledonian Canal her skipper said it was the first time he had sailed through a forest, which was the Lagan Avenue.
The Dutch owned brigantine Tres Hombres is due to call at Portsmouth in about May 9-12. The 1909 Dutch schooner Enkhuizen spends so much time in the Arctic waters that she is painted red to show up in the snow and ice. In February the ketch Julie Burgess, skippered by Graham Kent, sailed on a four-day voyage from Devonport in north Tasmania around to Hobart for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. She returned home to continue her day trips and charter work.