Sensational clipper to visit port

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The sailing ship Clipper Stad Amsterdam will be berthing at Peterhead for a visit next week.

This exceptional three-master, a ship built to emulate its illustrious predecessors in the 19th century, will be moored in the port from Monday to Thursday.

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 droppe dout of school. To-date young people are still being trained on board in seamanship and the hospitality trade.

It took three years to build the Stad Amsterdam which was commissioned in 2000 and which now revives the age of the clipper ships.

The design is based on the tea clippers developed around 1850, which became hugely successful because of their speed.

There are no original clippers left sailing anywhere in the world. The one remaining tea clipper, the Cutty Sark, is now a museum piece in a dock at Greenwich.

Now, however, sailing under the Dutch flag as a passenger ship there is a sailing clipper ship once again - the Clipper Stad Amsterdam.

Her passengers and crew can stand on its 60 metre long wooden deck and enjoy the sky-high rigging, the enormous yards and the seemingly endless ropes.

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

In the past few weeks the Clipper Stad Amsterdam has participated in the STI Tallship race, where she became second in the A-class and was the fastest square rigged ship and has been part of the Hanse Sail Rostock and sailed in the Baltic Sea. After a stop in Oslo, she will continue her journey towards Peterhead. After her stay in Scotland she will return to her home port of Ijmuiden in the Netherlands.