One of the Tall Ships is the almost 100-year-old three-masted schooner Oosterschelde
This three-masted 50-meter schooner "Oosterschelde" is the last member of a large family of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century. As the largest restored Dutch sailing ship, the Oosterschelde is a monument to Dutch shipbuilding and maritime sailing.
The vessel owes its name to the Scheldt River, which flows from France through Belgium and the Netherlands to the sea. In the Netherlands, the Scheldt splits into an eastern ("ooster") and a western part. The eastern part is called "Oosterschelde", and this name was given to the ship in 1918.
"Oosterschelde" was built in the Netherlands in 1918 by order of the Rotterdam shipping company HAAS. In the cargo hold, the ship can carry several hundred tons of payload. In those days, these were clay bricks, wood, as well as salted herring, bran, potatoes, straw and bananas.The ship was sold and became the property of Captain Kramer in 1921. Under his command, "Oosterschelde" sailed along the coast of Europe and regularly appeared off the coast of Africa in the Mediterranean.
In 1939, the ship was sold by the Danish shipping company to Æroskøbing and renamed "Fuglen". She was one of the most advanced ships in the Danish fleet. In 1954, "Fuglen" was sold to Sam Petterson, a Swede from Skärhamn. Later he sold the ship to another man from Sjärhamn, Denis Inberg.In Sweden, the ship was rebuilt into a modern motor sailer and given the name "Sylvan" (Sylvan).
On August 21, 1992, after restoration, the ship was officially launched by Her Royal Highness Princess Marguerite. The Oosterschelde is now used to earn a living as a historic sailing ship and cruises around the world. Interested parties can participate in the voyages as passengers. "Oosterschelde" is also used as a floating embassy representing the city of Rotterdam. In foreign ports, the ship acts as a host for interested companies or organizations.iyam. With its attractive and authentic long history, "Oosterschelde" is well suited for presentations, conferences, meetings and receptions.