De Morgenster (Morning star) is a welcome guest at Ostend at Anchor ! With her graceful figurehead (seahorse) she is always a beautiful appearance at our festival ! Also this year she will be present and moored at the Royal North Sea Yachtclub ! The ship will be open to the public when she is not at sea !

This exceptional lady was launched in 1919 as “Vrouw Maria”. The ship was built on the yard of the Boot company in Alphen aan den Rijn. The ship was used for herring fishing on the North Sea. Nine years later she was fitted with an engine and lengthened. In 1959 the ship was named Morgenster (Morning star). Twenty years later she was used for sport fishing and as a broadcasting ship Radio Delmare. In the 80’s she laid idle for a long time in Amsterdam and that did the ship no good. Almost everything was destroyed by vandals and the water was a meter high in the hold. But in 1993 the ship was given an active destination again as a training sailing ship. She was thoroughly restored at Urk and Den Helder and in 2008 the Morgenster was back in full service. The Clipper brig was designed and converted by Harry Muter, owner and captain. The inspiration came from the American brigs, which were fast, manoeuvrable and independent, and made an important contribution to the independence of the United States.

Today, the Morgenster is a thoroughbred sailing training ship. The many sails with their halyards, sheets and brigs make working together as a team a natural necessity. The thrill of real sailing with a square-rigged clipper brings team spirit, promotes smooth cooperation and trains functional leadership. The ship is used for various schools such as the nautical college or the school of Midshipmen (officers) in the Royal Dutch Navy.

Characteristics :

Type Brick

Built in 1919

Sail area 600 m² (15 sails)

Length over all 48 metres

Width 6.60 metres

Draught 2.40 metres

Displacement 225 tons

Height 30 metres