Gulden Leeuw

Go to bookings and prices The "Gulden Leeuw" is restored in 2010, built as a big, sturdy sailing ship reminiscent of the 1930's and with the deck layout of a classic yacht. In combination with the chosen rigging it is a fast, robust ship that can really sail. The "Gulden Leeuw" is a three-masted topsail schooner. This very versatile rigging combines the advantages of a square-sailed ship and a fore-and-aft rigged ship. The ship has the magnificent ambiance of the 30's, with simple, functional forms and rich materials, often hand-crafted, decorative and luxurious.


The deckhouse is connected to the enormous deck with folding doors. In the deckhouse you will find the bar and diner. When you walk along, you will also find the beautiful Captains VIP lounge. One level below you will find the dormitory. Divided in a men and woman section, here the trainees will sleep in bunk beds. There are several toilets. Adjacent to the dormitory you will find the showers. Outside, several benches are placed in the gangways. The deck layout of the Gulden Leeuw ensures a safe learning environment.

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Rig: Three-mast topsail Schooner
Homeport: Kampen, Netherlands
Date Built: 1937
Restored: 2010
Crew: 4-12 pax
Capacity: 56 pers.
Daytrip: 200 pers.
Length (loa): 70.1 m
Beam: 8.6 m
Draught: 4.2 m
Sail: 1400 m2
Displacement: 675 ton
Height of mast: 40 m
Engine of capacity: 1200 HP


Originally the Gulden Leeuw was built in 1937 on behalf of the Danish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and was called the "Dana". The DANA was designed and built as an ocean-going ice class ship. During its period of service for the Danish government, it was frequently used for marine biological research, not only in Danish waters but also in international ones.
In the 80's she was used as a offshore support ship, and after that the Danish Nautical School trained their students to become experience seamen. In 2007 P&T Charters bought the Dana. These entrepreneurs from the commercial sailing sector have converted this ship into a fast three-masted topsail schooner.
They renamed her as Gulden Leeuw. The Gulden Leeuw has been designed by the renowned ship's architects' office of KHMB Y&S Design/Korner and is has been converted by the Balk Royal Shipyard at Urk.

In 2013 the Gulden Leeuw received the STI award for the "Most innovative initiative".
Awarded to the sail training ship that has developed their own version of the S.T.A.N sail training programme since 2010. Their programme empowers young trainees to fully use their initiative to a point where they run every aspect of the ship by themselves.
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Morgenster EU-exchange - Log August 1st

When I woke up this morning and went outside, the first thing someone said to me was: ‘There were NO dolphins…. NO dolphins’. Of course they just saw dolphins and I missed them. Luckily a few minutes later there were a few as well so I got to see them after all. They day was pretty much the same as all the others with watch, lunch, happy hour. The wind couldn’t really decide whether it wanted to be here or not. Sometimes there was almost storm and a few minutes later there would be nothing. Therefore, had to adjust the sails a lot.

Special about today was the Dutch snack. We brought liquorish and stroopwafels. The Norwegians and Danish keep saying that we stole everything we say is Dutch. So they say that liquorish is from Finland. That they invented the cheescutter. Nasi of course is originally not Dutch but we changed it into something typical. The stroopwafels though, everyone liked them a lot.

We also had the Danish and Norwegian presentation. The Danish even used the beamer and made a powerpoint presentation. They had good tips about what NOT to do when you’re in Denmark. Apparently they have a lot of strange hand signs when they are cycling. They have a sign that says they are going to stop.
The Norwegians made a play about trolls. Three animals wanted to pass a bridge but there was a troll they had to pass. It was really funny to see them play the troll and animals. They also showed were they lived
on the map . And something really awesome: the distance between the southern part of Norway to the North is the same distance as from the Southern part to Rome.

After the Norwegian presentation they gave us ‘Boller’. They were really nice.
When the presentations were done we did a heads up on the murdergame. Almost everyone is already dead. There are just a few left. I’m curious who will win. I am already dead so it won’t be me.

Somewhere in between there was another drill. Noelle was hidden in one of the cabins and people had to go downstairs blindfolded and find her. On deck there was someone with a walkitalki to keep in touch with the people downstairs. It was a good communication practice.

- By Esther Brantjes

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