The Oosterschelde: on board a Dutch Tall Ship_VIDEO

Built in 1918 as a sail-powered freighter, the Oosterschelde is currently scurrying the shores of Australia as she wanders the oceans following the old trade routes of historic times.

She has been winding back the clock as a part of a circumnavigation with two other Dutch tall ships, the Tecla and the ‘bark’ Europa. They have touched in at Fremantle, Adelaide and will make their mark on Melbourne before sailing to Hobart and then up to Sydney.

FULL FLIGHT: The Oosterschelde with all of the sails in full flight.

FULL FLIGHT: The Oosterschelde with all of the sails in full flight.

Along the way, the Oosterschelde has been giving fortunate passengers from around the globe the opportunity to join her in following the footsteps of seamen and women of yesteryear.

Spanning fifty metres in length, reaching as high nine stories (36 metres) into the sky and with a huge sail space of 891 square metres, she is currently harnessing the wind off the Victorian coast to catapult her east to Melbourne. The spectacular vessel is at full capacity with 24 people on board.

A combination of passengers, volunteers and crewmembers all working together to make the expedition as successful and spirited as possible.

 

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