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The largest timber replica sailing ship in the world Götheborg arrives at Dover,
Friday 28th August 2015.
A little piece of history......
This is Norda, a delight to the eyes!
She dates from 1928 and was originally built as a research vessel for the Polish Fishing Institute and named Ewa. In 1939 she was to be refitted but this was interrupted due to the outbreak of the Second World War. By the time she was refitted it was 1942 and she carried the name Putzig 2 and subsequently Anne Marie. On March 3rd 1945 the cutter was confiscated and used by a group of Germans to escape from Hel to Köln. It is thought that she carried as many as one hundred servicemen for the journey. After the war she continued her career as a fishing cutter having several changes of name along the way. Today she flies the Belgian flag and sails commercially, being available for day charter or longer and also as a party boat for up to eighty guests when alongside in port.
She is here in Dover, having suffered an injection pump failure and was towed to port recently by Dover Lifeboat. Owner and Skipper Gordon has now departed for Vigo, Spain and beyond. I wish you and the crew fair winds and calm seas. See you in Tenerife!
The Astrid visited Dover last summer 2013 for a short stop over in the Outer Harbour. The graceful iron built brig was constructed in 1918 for use in the Dutch herring industry. Her somewhat chequered career included her being used as a Lebanese cargo vessel involved in smuggling and later she fell into British ownership after being abandoned in the English Channel following a fire on board in 1984. Subsequently returning to Dutch ownership, she sadly foundered on July 24th 2013 whilst entering Kinsale, County Cork after drifting onto rocks following engine failure.