On a grey humid afternoon, we welcome another tall ship in West India Dock with the arrival of the Eendracht, The Eendracht is a three-masted schooner from the Netherlands, built in 1989 at the Damen shipyard and designed by W. de Vries Lentsch. She is run by Stichting het Zeilend Zeeschip (the Sailing Seaship Foundation) and used as a sail training ship to give young people some experience of sailing. This is the second “Eendracht”, the first vessel owned by the foundation was a two masted schooner, which was sold when the foundation realised it was too small for its purposes.
The Eendracht is the Netherland’s largest three-masted schooner, the ship measures nearly 60 meters (193 ft 7 in) in length and 13 meters (40 ft 4 in) in width.
This three-masted vessel has sailed continuously since her launch date with a pool of crew of around 350 mostly professional, volunteers. The ship has a capacity of 40 passengers and 13 crew for each voyage.
The Eendracht regularly participates in the Tall Ships’ Races offering youngsters between the age of 15 and 26 the experience of a lifetime sailing all over the world.
Like many other training tall ships, it has been the foundation’s mission to give youngsters the opportunity to explore the sea, education and maritime knowledge are important aspects of the training.
The ship has royal connections, in 1989 Her Majesty Queen Beatrix baptized the Eendracht and the ship still has close ties with the Dutch royal family. The office of the foundation and the main port of the Eendracht are located in Rotterdam. The ship last visited West India Dock in September 2015 and is a common sight in tall ship races around the world.
Regular contributor Eric Pemberton was able to take some photographs of the tall ship has she made her way into the West India Dock