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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LAST Log Captain Stad Amsterdam: Richard Slootweg

Everything has a last time. A few months ago I started my last term on board the Clipper Stad Amsterdam and soon it became the last cruise, the last time in the US, last departure, last transatlantic, also the last journey, the last day sail, last time anchoring, last time anchor up and then a tricky one.... the last arrival. This act in itself was not very difficult to someone sailing on the Clipper for the past eleven years and bringing the ship alongside would never cause beads of sweat on this captain’s forehead. No, it is the realization that it is my last time. Never again a cruise, no more USA, never a departure and ... .. at the end of this long list never again in charge of a nautical operation on this ship. This feels really strange.
Although there will be a farewell party and drinks tonight to say goodbye to this captain and my spouse, I feel that I have been offered the best possible farewell gift already.

After an early arrival at the Azores last Friday we dropped anchor in the shelter of Faial. It was the most terrible rainy day of this trip. The incessant drizzle turned Pico and Faial into nothing but a dark gray haze. How melancholically for a captain ending his career on the clipper.
We were supposed to arrive in the port of Horta on Sunday and therefore it was possible to sail and arrive at the Azores on Saturday once more. Only this time the sun was shining.

The sky was as blue as the sea and the lively green hillsides had an enormous intensity which was almost unrecognizable. One more day of sailing, one very last time. Second officer Martin offered me to take over his watch which enabled me to be in charge of setting sails once more as a captain. One last time with topsails, one last tack, heaving one more time and my last anchorage. Yes, this was a far more dignified arrival than the day before and because the motor had not been running since Miami we agreed that we could therefore certainly count this as our day of arrival.
My last command “heave anchor” made me realize that this was the very last time of sailing the City of Amsterdam. And if I did not already have enough to swallow at that moment it was the “chain stopper on" for the bosun which started an ovation by the crew as a surprise for me. What a special day ... ..the best present that a ship, her crew and the gods of weather could possible give to a departing captain.

Saying goodbye to our guests one last time, a final assignment and, indeed, my very last Captain’s Log. My last chance to thank all of my loyal readers and to wish all of those carrying the Clipper in his or her heart:

Fair winds!

Richard Slootweg
Captain Clipper Stad Amsterdam (not for long anymore)

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