Antwerp sends her sons and daughters out !

Besides the Tall ships and of course the numerous classic boats, the group of flatboats from Antwerp forms one of the most steadfast participants at Ostend at Anchor. Under the impulse of the late Julien Cabuy, skipper/builder of the striking red flat-bottomed ship, Jonge Sinjoor and the white swan of Frank Breugelmans ‘t Breugeltje, we welcome them already 20 years during our festival ! With full banners of all previous editions of Ostend for Anchor, they yearly moor at our festival !

This year we expect the fleet of Antwerp flatboats with for the first time the school flatboat “De Gerlache”.
Its celebrates this year her 125th anniversary. The ship was built at the end of the 19th century as a freighter in Zwartsluis (NL) and during the Second World War converted into a schooltjalk with 20 berths. For half a century school ‘De Gerlache’ and ‘Ortelius’ sailed with Antwerp youth to give them a taste of maritime and sailing sports. In 2014 the ship came under the management of the Museum “aan de Stroom”, which is now leading the restoration of the tjalk in order to be able to sail more actively again.

The name of the ship refers to Adrien De Gerlache, leader of the Belgian South Pole expedition in 1897.