The elegant and two masted gaff rigged AVONTUUR was spotted at the Plymouth Breakwater this morning on our live webcam.
The two rigged gaff schooner was built in 1920 by Otto Smit in Stadskanaal, in the Netherlands.
Until 2005, she was used as a sailing cargo vessel, most recently by Dutch Captain Paul Wahlen who sailed cargo between the North Sea, Baltic, North Atlantic and across to Caribbean ports – where she was widely regarded as one of the last true cargo sailing ships of the twentieth century.
After years serving as a day passenger ship along the Dutch coast and West Friesian islands the AVONTUUR became the foundation of the Timbercoast community in autumn 2014.
In today’s world of clean maritime shipping there are 5 companies, who are sailing ships the traditional way and hauling cargo, and shipping experts say there is a growing interest for more sailing cargo vessels, and where sailing has been a reliable method to move cargo and people over the world for the last 5,000 years.