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Foto credit here goes to Wilto Eekhof of the city of Sneek in the Netherlands province of Friesland.  And I’m crediting him via Koopvaardij as transmitted by  SeaBart of  Flinterduin, below, looks to set of record for masts:  a 15-(at least)-masted-power vessel.  Here at the Flinter site are pics of the loading of this particular vessel.   She currently at sea, bound for the sixth boro.  Here are other interesting Flinter vessels.


On or about August 31, this vessel will enter the boro and forever (at least for a while) change the sailscape of the harbor.  From it will emerge 20 traditional flat-bottomed sailing barges.  Check out all those leeboards; get your cameras ready!  Here’s an update foto from sea from Koopvaardij (a publication whose title translates as “merchant marine”).  Article includes this sentence:  “Wij wensen kapitein/eigenaar Henk Eijkenaar en zijn bemanning een goede reis en behouden vaart,” which translates as “We wish Captain/owner Henk Eijkenaar and his crew a good trip and a safe voyage.”   Amen.

Here’s a link showing Flinterduin’s hold and a view down onto the deck from a bridge over Harlingen harbor.  As to the type of traditional vessels contributing to all those masts, SeaBart tells me they are multiple tjalken (plural of “tjalk”), a staverse jol (the English word “yawl” stems from the Dutch “jol” or the German “jolle”), a lemster aak and 2 skutsjes.  Here’s another skutsje link.

I’d love to hear from readers who know these specific boats or boat types.


Tugster returns with his own fotos,  taken on a most recent gallivant,  tomorrow.  For more interesting cargoes coming into Duluth from the sea on Flinterduin, Marlene Green, and Margot (both of whom have previously appeared here), click here, then click on “ships” window.

Tangentially related:  August 29 . . . Atlantic Salt Maritime Festival.

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