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Morgenster - Brig




Morgenster - Fast and Elegant.

Morgenster was originally built as a deep sea fishing vessel but was converted to a fine sailing ship in 2008. Her owners Marian and Harry Mutter intended that the rig would be ideal for sail training, fast and elegant. Their design concept was that people would 'stop and stare' when they saw her.

And wow does it work!

Sometimes you come across a modern tall ship that has been created with flair and understanding. Marian and Harry had a smaller traditional ship before Morgenster and they have put all their experience and skills into ship that is truly fit for purpose.

High Spirits

Its quick and easy to become an effective team member on Morgenster thanks to the professional crew’s enthusiasm and encouragement for tall ship sailing. Add with Harry’s superb seamanship and the nimbleness of the Morgenster you will find yourself sailing into out of ports and harbours with sails set and spirits high.

Life on Morgenster

On board Morgenster—as on all of Classic Sailing holidays—you are not a passenger but part of the guest crew. You will be assigned a watch together with the professional crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. No sailing experience is necessary.


Music and Morgenster.

As you can see above Harry likes to play the guitar and is delighted to have any musicians or singers sail onboard. Musical abilities are often taken into account for those wishing to be part of the professional crew!


Morgenster is traditionally rigged as a brig, with square sails on her two masts. This 48m sail training vessel is well known in Holland, where she is based, but has taken part in many International Tall Ships Races and is proven as a fast sailor.

The professional crew are often a mix of nationalities and the working language on board is English.


More on Morgenster's Accommodation

Kit List - What to Bring

Sailing a Brig

Whilst Morgenster is only 2m shorter than Oosterschelde, the rig is very different. She has square sails on two masts and 7 yards with sails to stow aloft.   Climbing up the rigging is easier than on Oosterschelde as the first yards and platforms are not as high, so you can learn to climb a bit higher each day. Going aloft is not compulsory, but the view is great and the ships crew will train you on how to climb and what to do to stow sails or release the gaskets so sails can be set. There is plenty to learn on deck too. To manoeuvre the ship or trim the sails it needs a team a deck level to brace the yards. There are plenty of ropes to learn, or if you just want a holiday, we can show you what to pull to get the ship sailing.  A great place to be is out in the bowsprit netting, but if the ship is sailing fast you might get a bit wet.  There are safety harnesses for going out on bowsprit or aloft.

Equipment & Safety

Morgenster is equipped to sail the world’s seas and holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch Law. As you are part of the guest crew you will be fully trained in emergency procedures. For going ashore Morgenster has a large rubber dinghy with outboard. She carries lifejackets, liferafts, fire detection and extinguishing systems, very extensive medicine cabinet.

Below Decks Accommodation

See our pages on Morgenster's accommodation and a layout drawing of below decks.

Ship Specification:

Type brig
Built 1919 (restored 2008-2010)
Port Den Helder
Length overall 48 metres
Length on deck 39 metres
Draft 2.4 metres
Sail Area 600 sq metres
Cabins 24 guests in 2 and 4 person cabins


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