Morgenster Two-Masted Brig, Class A Tall Sailing Ship, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on June 18, 2010

The Morgenster sailing ship (a two-masted brig) making an apparently unscheduled visit (1) to Dover Harbour on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010.

The ship is framed in Dover Harbour's Eastern Entrance (beyond which lies the English Channel): on the left of the photo the Eastern Arm pier juts out from the Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal, not in view) with the Southern Breakwater bracketing the other side of the entrance to the right of the ship.

The photo taken at just after noon on Wednesday, 2nd of June, 2010, from a point mid-way between the Clock Tower and the Porthole Shelters on the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

Also in port this day was the MS Regatta Cruise Ship (owned by Oceania Cruises).

After leaving Dover the Morgenster sailed to Calais (France) and eventually on to its homeport of Den Helder (Netherlands). Previously, the ship had called at Ramsgate (Kent, England), Antwerp (Belgium), and Ostend (Oostende, Belgium).

The 2010 Tall Ships Race is centered on four ports: Antwerp (Belgium) from July 10th to the 13th, Aalborg (Ålborg, Denmark) from July 21st to the 24th, Kristiansand (Norway) from July 29th to August 1st, and Hartlepool (United Kingdom) from August 7th to the 10th. According to her sailing program, the Morgenster will be at Antwerp also and take part in the Aalborg to Kristiansand "cruise in company" leg of the race (1).

The Morgenster is a "tall ship", a large traditionally rigged sailing vessel. Popular modern tall ship rigs include topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques. The Morgenster has been classified by the International Sail Training Association as a Class A Tall Ship. (2)

Originally named the Vrouwe Maria (sometimes Vrouw Maria, De Vrouw Maria), this brig began its career in 1919 as a North Sea fishing vessel. A motor was fitted in 1928 and in 1947 the ship was extended and re-measured. In 1959 the name was changed to Morgenster (Day Star, Morning Star, Venus). Later on the ship was used for sport fishing and as a radio ship for Radio Del Mare. In 1993 Harry Muter bought the vessel to rebuild it into a Sail Training Ship. In 2008 the ship began sailing the waters of Europe once again (when it became part of the Frisian Sailing Company). (3)

Ship's details (3) (4):

Shipping type: Brig

Homeport: Den Helder, Netherlands

Date built: 1919

Restored: 2008

Crew: 6-10

Capacity: 36 pers.

Daytrips: 90 pers.

Length: 48 m

Beam: 6.64 m

Draught: 2.40 m

Sail: 600 square metres

Displacement: 225 ton

Height of mast: 29 m

Engine capacity: 430 HP

Call Sign: PHMY

IMO: 5241657 (5)

MMSI: 245136000

(1) Dover is not listed in the 2010 Morgenster Sailing Program; also, between the 1st and 3rd of June, Marinetraffic only recorded the Morgenster as wandering around the English Channel with no port calls.

(2) Wikipedia entry for Tall Ship

(3) At Sea Sail Training entry for Morgenster

(4) Marinetraffic entry for Morgenster

(5) Some websites say IMO: 5241659

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Click to see The Discovery Replica Ship, Wellington Dock, Dover Marina photo.

The Discovery is 11 metres long at the waterline and 3.5 metres across at the beam, this replica was built in 1984. The original weighed 26 tons and carried 22 crew on her journey to America in 1606-1607.

There are 5 other views of the Discovery:

A view of the Discovery bow.

A view of the Discovery stern.

A view of the Discovery starboard side.

A view of the Discovery main mast and rigging at deck level.

A view of the Discovery upper main mast from the bow.

John Latter on January 8, 2013

When in range of AIS, the vessel's current position is shown at:

The Morgenster Tall Sailing Ship

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and AIS Base stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.

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  • Uploaded on June 12, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/02 12:25:54
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 200.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
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