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Morgenster

Morgenster is traditionally rigged as a brig, with square sails on her two masts. This 48m sail training vessel is well known in Holland, where she is based, and is making a name for herself further afield as an adventure charter vessel. Morgenster (Morning Star) has taken part in many International Tall Ships Races and is proven as a fast sailor. In the winter she has recently explored the Cape Verde and Canaries with charter guests.

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  • Length overall: 48m 
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  • Year built: 1919/2010
  • Vessel type/rig: Brig 

 

  • Guest berths:  24 
  • Crew berths:   10

 

Our expert view: What Morgenster Does Best

Laid Back Style, Educational & Fun

Morgenster has managed to excel in both thoughtful and educational sail training voyages for young people, and extremely hospitable adventure cruising for adults to locations like Cape Verde or the Canaries.

The style of sailing is laid back, but don't under estimate the professionalism of the crew. The Netherlands has a big fleet of working sailing ships and the famous Enkhuizen Zeevaartschool (Nautical College) training future mariners in sail as well as modern ships, so the standard of volunteer and paid crew is generally high, with excellent English used as the working language.

Morgenster has two captain's. Harry and Jakob. Harry is well respected throughout the sail training world and loves to teach and Jakob has just won Sail Trainer of the Year 2017.

Young crews on Morgenster

 

Sail with the Owners - Loving What They Do

Morgenster means Morning Star, and she is the second sailing ship that Harry and Marianne have run together, over many years. They knew exactly what they wanted when they bought a new ship. This sociable Dutch couple put a huge deal of thought and good design into the conversion of Morgenster from deep sea fishing vessel hull to a well functioning and elegant square rigger in 2008. Harry loves his music too so musical instruments and a bit of crew singing often feature during a voyage or in port.

Director of Classic Sailing Adam Purser sailed with them in 2016. When I asked him what was special about the ship, his first comment was:

Best Bit about Morgenster: Harry & Marian - Their enthusiasm for their ship and the love of what they do." Adam Purser 2016

Harry and Marian Mutter run tall ship Morgenster
Harry and Marian Mutter run tall ship Morgenster

Manoeuvrable and Fast Clipper Brig

‘Morgenster’ is rigged as a brig, or a 'clipper-brig' as the Dutch like to describe it. This particular mast and sail arrangement was developed by the Americans during their struggle for independence. A brig only has two masts and has square sails on both masts. The heavy English Man o' War ’s were not fit to catch the light and fast American brigs and schooners who used the “hit and run” tactics to great advantage and considerable embarrassment to the English Royal Navy.

The famous clippers were developed from these fast schooners and brigs. Morgenster frequently does well at Tall Ships Races, and Captain Harry likes to sail right up to the dock at festivals and events if he can.  

Morgenster is a fast brig that does well in tall ships races

 

Sailing Style

On board Morgenster—as on all of Classic Sailing holidays—you are not a passenger but part of the guest crew. You will be assigned a watch together with the professional crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. No sailing experience is necessary. The crew will be happy to explain the functions of all the ropes.

Whilst Morgenster is only 2m shorter than Oosterschelde, the rig is very different. She is the ideal size tall ship for old and young crew, with square sails on two masts and 7 yards with sails to stow aloft.   Climbing up the rigging is easier than on Oosterschelde as the first yards and platforms are not as high, so you can learn to climb a bit higher each day. Going aloft is not compulsory, but the view is great and the ships crew will train you on how to climb and what to do to stow sails or release the gaskets so sails can be set. There is plenty to learn on deck too. To manoeuvre the ship or trim the sails it needs a team a deck level to brace the yards. There are plenty of ropes to learn, or if you just want a holiday, we can show you what to pull to get the ship sailing.  A great place to be is out in the bowsprit netting, but if the ship is sailing fast you might get a bit wet.  There are safety harnesses for going out on bowsprit or aloft.

Working aloft on tall ship Morgenster. sailing holidays on a square rigger

Life on Board

Below decks the two and four cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold water. There is a spacious saloon which is the heart of the ship. Showers and toilets are separate. All cabins have a ventilation system or heating you can control. Bedding and towels are included. The ship is steel, but the interior has been made as characterful and homely as possible, with wood features and paintings on the bulkheads.

In hot sailing areas like Cape Verde the ever present trade winds keep it a pleasant temperature below decks. She has a large galley and cook and you can buy drinks at the bar. On board euros are accepted but not credit cards.

happy crew on tall ship Morgenster

See section on accommodation for more.

Accommodation on Classic Sailing ships - saloon on morgenster

Below Decks on Morgenster

 

Cabins

Morgenster has four x 2-berth cabins and four x 4-berth cabins so she can take a total of 24 guest crew. Bed linen is provided and each cabin has a basin with hot and cold running water. Showers and toilets are seperate - outside the cabin.

If Morgenster is taking part in tall ships races or youth sail training she can take up to 36 crew as there is room for another 12 trainees in hammocks in the saloon. Morgenster will only take 24 guests for adult charter voyages.

two bed cabin with hand basin on Morgenster
two berth cabin with hand basin on Morgenster
4 berth cabin on Morgenster

Saloon

accommodation down below. saloon and dining area on Morgenster
wide companionway steps into the saloon and dining area on Morgenster

Facilities on Deck

On deck behind the fore mast you find a door to the Riggers Bar. This bar serves out the beverages during the daytrips. In this small deckhouse you also find a Lady’s toilet on portside and a Gent’s on starboard.

There is a also a small indoor mess for the watch on deck with bench seating - known as the coffee shop - situated behind the main mast on deck.

Deck Layout & Below Decks Layout

Morgenster racing a larger tall ship at an international tall ships race

 

Length overall:   48 m

length on deck:   38 m

Beam: 6.75 m

Draft:   2.4 m

Sail Area:   600 sq m

Guest crew: 24 in bunks (+ 12 in hammocks on youth trips)

Professional Crew: Up to 10 berths

 

Engine: Scania DI 13  450 HP

Generator 1:  John Deere 62 KVA

Generator 2:  Mitsubushi 20 KVA

Emergency generator: Hatz

Watermaker:

Steering: Ships wheeel - Hydraulic

Certificates and safety

Morgenster’s safety management system is supervised and certificated by Bureau Veritas.
For safety the Morgenster is under the supervision of the register Holland and the  Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate. She therefore sails under two safety certification schemes.

 

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Harry Mutter is the Captain of Morgenster

Morgenster Captain & Crew

Captain Harry & Marianne Mutter

It is hard to talk about Captain Harry without mentioning his wife Marianne as they are a great team.

Morgenster means Morning Star, and she is the second sailing ship that Harry and Marianne have run together, over many years. They knew exactly what they wanted when they bought a new ship. This sociable Dutch couple put a huge deal of thought and good design into the conversion of Morgenster from deep sea fishing vessel hull to a well functioning and elegant square rigger in 2008. Harry loves his music too so musical instruments and a bit of crew singing often feature during a voyage or in port.

Director of Classic Sailing Adam Purser sailed with them in 2016. When I asked him what was special about the ship, his first comment was:

Best Bit about Morgenster: Harry & Marian - Their enthusiasm for their ship and the love of what they do." Adam Purser 2016

Morgenster Captain Jakob
Morgenster Captain Jakob & Mate Pauline

Captain Jakob - Sail Trainer of the Year 2017

Jakob has been Morgenster's other full time Captain since 2016. In 2017 he won Sail Training International's award for the best 'Sail Trainer of the Year.' 

Jakob is originally from Germany but was introduced to sailing when he joined a school sailing trip in the Netherlands’ inshore waters. He liked so much that he knew that this would be his future. Immediately after finishing his school he joined the Dutch inshore fleet as a deck hand on the age of 18. The Dutch language he picked up rapidly, as he would do with English and a bit of French later.

At the age of 22 he joined Morgenster as an apprentice deck rating and hotel manager. Meanwhile in winter he followed the mate education on the seafarer school of Enkhuizen. Next year he started as a mate and developed fast as a first mate on Morgenster and master since 2016.

 

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