Clipper Stad Amsterdam
About the Ship
In the 19th century, fast and agile clippers sailed the seas, picking up cargo from faraway lands. Back then, “life aboard a clipper was rough. The slim, fast vessels were built for trading non-perishable goods with a high profit margin, such as tea and spices. The ships also transported passengers and post. Competition was severe. To keep the ships profitable in this tough market, crews were cut down in size. Food was often poor, and working conditions harsh. When hoisting sails, all hands formed a line on deck and pulled at the lines. All work on the masts and rigging was manual. Pumps were often manned day and night in order to keep the ever-leaky vessels afloat. Especially when seas were high, or when a ship was poorly maintained, the work was hard.” (www.stadamsterdam.com/en/common/ship/clipperhistory.xml
Stad Amsterdam is modeled after one of these ships of old, De Amsterdam. Completed in 2000, she was handcrafted from plans of authentic 19th-century clipper ships. She looks like a 19th-century ship — with a beautiful chart house, original rigging and teak woodwork — but offers passengers 21st-century comforts. Each of her 14 passenger cabins has a vintage atmosphere with the luxuries of a modern hotel room, including private heads (bathrooms) and air conditioning.
Stad Amsterdam travels the world each year, serving as a training vessel and a passenger ship, and participating in tall ship races. She often makes Baltimore a port of call.
Home port: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sparred length: 249.3’
Rig height: 152.6′
Number of sails: 31
Sail area: 7,218 square feet
Speed under power: 11 knots
Speed under sail: 16.5 knots
Working crew: 30
Where is Stad Amsterdam now? – Find her on VesselFinder.com.
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Video: Adventurous Sailing from Boston to Malaga
Video: This is how we SAIL on Clipper Stad Amsterdam
1 – Stad Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Shipping Company Clipper Stad Amsterdam.
2 – Stad Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of Shipping Company Clipper Stad Amsterdam.
3 – Stad Amsterdam in Baltimore on March 31, 2014.
4 – Stad Amsterdam wheel and compass during March 2014 visit to Baltimore.
5 – On board Stad Amsterdam in Baltimore on March 31, 2014.