The Dutch Navy will be present at the 22nd edition of Ostend at Anchor

The training ship of the Dutch Royal Navy “Urania” will be present at the 22nd edition of Ostend at Anchor! The sailing ship will be moored in the Mercator dock and will of course be accessible to the general public. Our “Jantjes” are more than welcome. Again a superb participant !

Zr.Ms.Urania is mainly used for the training of naval officers (Midshipmen). During their training at the Royal Naval Institute, midshipmen spend one or more weeks on board.

During this period, midshipmen are taught basic nautical knowledge and skills. The focus, however, is on character development; words such as seamanship, cooperation, responsibility and trust are central on board Zr.Ms. Urania. A second task of the Urania is representation, in other words ‘Showing the Flag’. This is done at home and abroad.

The crew consists of a commander, a bosun, a quartermaster and a maximum of 12 trainees. On an annual basis, the Urania sails some 8000 nautical miles, mainly in the North Sea, Baltic Sea and the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Since 1830, the Royal Netherlands Navy has had a training ship by the name of Urania. Since 1938, it has been a ship in its present form. During a routine inspection in 2001, it became clear that the hull of the old training ship Urania, dating from 1928, was no longer seaworthy. During the renovation it became clear that a new building was necessary. However, the new Urania did receive elements from the old one, such as the steering wheel, the boatman’s box, winches and prisms. From afar, it still looks like the old Urania, but it is actually a different ship. Zr.Ms Urania gained fame during the many Tall Ships Races and the accompanying “Sail” events. The present Urania is the fifth to bear this name and has been in service since 2004.


Type : Steel S-frame, Bermuda ketch rigged

Sail number : NED 31

Year built : 2003

Flag : Netherlands

Lenght : 26,85 m

Beam : 6,05 m

Draught : 2,65 m

Height : 27 m

Sail area (downwind) : 305 m2

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