Overhauling the Clipper Stad Amsterdam

Clipper Stad Amsterdam2_790It is generally considered rude to look under a lady’s skirt, though when the lady is a ship in a drydock, it is usually OK.   The three masted steel clipper Stad Amsterdam was built in 2000 and now after 13 years of service is undergoing a major overhaul at Damen Shiprepair in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. She should return to service sometime early June.  It is a great opportunity to look at the graceful lines of her hull, normally hidden below the waterline. The ship was designed by Gerard Dijkstra who modeled her after the mid-19th century frigate Amsterdam. She has been described as a “modern extreme clipper in historical perspective.” She is a very fast ship capable of sailing along at an easy 15 knots. Video of the Stad Amsterdam under sail after the jump.

Clipper Stad Amsterdam, sailing

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3 Responses to Overhauling the Clipper Stad Amsterdam

  1. ed weglein says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing Stad Amsterdam anchored off Annapolis,MD in 03 or 04. She was training a group of Canadian Cadets. She’s quite a striking and beautiful vessel.

  2. Rick Spilman says:

    She is a magnificent ship indeed. Thanks Ed and Andy.