Tall ship pays a visit to town

Captain Andi Manser takes the luxurious Stad Amsterdam all over the world and makes a stop at the Blue Toon.
Captain Andi Manser takes the luxurious Stad Amsterdam all over the world and makes a stop at the Blue Toon.

PETERHEAD port saw something a bit different last week when a stunning tall ship docked for two days.

The sailing ship Clipper Stad Amsterdam, an exceptional three-master, built to emulate its illustrious predecessors in the 19th century, stood out from the other ships docked at the Blue Toon bay.

Visiting to serve as a hotel for the Offshore Europe exhibition, the Stad Amsterdam made it’s first trip to Peterhead before it went to Aberdeen last Thursday.

Captain Andi Manser told the Buchanie: “This was the ships first visit to Peterhead. We left a beautiful blue sky at the Oslo harbour on September 1 and arrived here on September 4.

“I’ve been Captain of the Stad Amsterdam for 2 and a half years now and I love my job. I actually worked with young children before and we hired a sailing boat one summer, everything started from there and I went to Holland for education where I got my papers.

“Myself and the crew of usually around 30 travel all over the world, from here in the north east to the Carribean, we sail everywhere.”

The initiative to build of this ship came from the municipality of Amsterdam and the employment agency Randstad.

The project provided work, training and an unique educational experience for youngsters and those who had dropped out of school. To-date young people are still being trained on board in seamanship and the hospitality trade.

The stunning ship has 14 luxurious passenger cabins, a spacious long room and a bar on deck and is available for corporate events, Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises, adventure trips for individuals and private parties.

After her stay in Scotland she will return to her home port of Ijmuiden in the Netherlands.

The ship can hold 28 visitors for cruise trips, 56 for sail trips, 115 for day trips and 200 when in port.

You can find out more about the ship on

www.stadamsterdam.nl