Morgenster Two-masted Brig and White Cliffs of Dover Castle, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 5, 2011

The Morgenster two-masted brig before the White Cliffs of Dover at 6.42 am on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010. This panorama view was taken from the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier (click to see a larger size).

Also in port: The MS Regatta Cruise Ship (owned by Oceania Cruises).

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. (1)

After leaving Dover Harbour later in the day, 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).

More information on the Morgenster follows these notes:

The cliffs on the left-hand side of the photo are at the southern end of the grounds of Dover Castle. The Listed Building on the skyline, part of the Officers New Barracks, or Victorian Officers Mess, was designed by the eminent Victorian architect, Anthony Salvin (and not without controversy).

Near the cliff-edge in front of the barracks is the Admiralty Look Out and Port War Signal Station.

The houses at the bottom of the cliffs near the seafront are those of East Cliff (Marine Parade) and Athol Terrace. The first house on the left (with the white-painted lower storey) is 8 East Cliff. This was the First World War home of Charles Lightoller during his naval service with the Dover Patrol (he was second mate, or second officer, on board the RMS Titanic and the most senior officer to survive the 1912 iceberg disaster).

Behind the Morgenster is the cross-channel ferry terminal of the Eastern Docks above which the A2 Jubilee Way bypass sweeps in from a low-point in the cliffs called Broadlees Bottom.

Half-way up the hillside above Jubilee Way are eight red-bricked ex-Coastguard Cottages set at right-angles to the cliff-edge.

On the skyline above the cottages are the two remaining masts of the Second World War ex-RAF Swingate Chain Home Radar Station.

Also see the Panorama of the Coastguard Cottages at Broadlees Bottom and World War II Swingate Chain Home Radar Station Masts photos.

The Morgenster

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). (2)

Ship's details (2) (3):

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 (4)

MMSI: 245136000

Click to see the Morgenster in Dover Harbour at Noon photo.

(1) Wikipedia entry for Tall Ship

(2) At Sea Sail Training entry for Morgenster

(3) Marinetraffic entry for Morgenster

(4) Some websites say IMO: 5241659

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Micheley1101 on March 8, 2011

Nice shot and composition Like

John Latter on March 8, 2011

Micheley1101, on March 8th, 2011, said:

Nice shot and composition Like

Thank you, Micheley :)

Christos Theodorou on March 19, 2011

Wonderful capture - Best regards from Athens - liked

John Latter on March 19, 2011

Christos Theodorou, on March 19th, 2011, said:

Wonderful capture - Best regards from Athens - liked

Thank you, Christos :)

zanot10 on March 23, 2011

Very nice image, LIKE!

Best regards Z.

John Latter on March 23, 2011

zanot10, on March 23rd, 2011, said:

Very nice image, LIKE!

Best regards Z.

Thank you, Zanot - Greetings from Dover, England :)

Christos Theodorou on April 3, 2011

LOVELY PHOTO - VOTED - Good luck in the contest - Best regards from Athens – Christos

John Latter on April 4, 2011

Christos Theodorou, on April 3rd, 2011, said:

LOVELY PHOTO - VOTED - Good luck in the contest - Best regards from Athens – Christos

Thank you, Christos - Regards from Dover, England!

John Latter on June 17, 2011

John Latter, on March 5, 2011, said:

Near the cliff-edge in front of the barracks is the Admiralty Look Out and Port War Signal Station.

This should read:

Near the cliff-edge in front of the barracks is the Admiralty Lookout and Port War Signal Station.

Also see:

The Restored Admiralty Lookout and Port War Signal Station, Dover Castle

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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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/06/02 07:42:03
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