It 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.