Category Archives: Tall Ships

Pilots of The North.

In my post of November 4, 2012 I mentioned the journey with the Sedov during DelfSail 2009. In the context of the project “Pilots of the World” I want to show the work of  the pilots in the north of the Netherlands. Because I didn’t actually sail with the pilots of The North, I decided to publish a pilotage of the tallship Sedov at DelfSail.

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Pilotage Tall Ship “Sörlandet”.


Delfzijl, August 26 2009, 6.22 am

During the Sail Out of DelfSail 2009 I sailed with pilot Erik Koenz during the pilotage of the Norwegian tall ship “Sörlandet” from Delfzijl direction Borkum. The ship “Sörlandet” is a former school ship, now used for offering  adventure sailings for young people of all ages”, based in Kristiansand. What I particularly liked that the crew consisted of many women.


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Pilotage Tall Ship “Cisne Branco”

Eemshaven, August 22, 2009 5.18 am

During DelfSail I had the opportunity to sail with the pilot on the “Cisne Branco”. It was an early start but worthwhile. The weather was good and the light was beautiful. On the way from Eemshaven to the “Cisne Branco” I had a beautiful sight on the other ships. When we arrived at the “Cisne Branco” everyone was still asleep and the deck was complete empty. Later the sailors and crew climbed up the mast and the rigging to prepare the ship to sail. Of the pilotage I made a photo shoot and a compilation I put in a YouTube video (including with Brazilian music from Joao Gilberto).

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Russian Tall Ship Sedov leaves Rostock (2)


Rostock, Germany May 28 2012 5.14 pm

After a last salute from captain Nikolay Zorchenko, the marine pilot leaves the Sedov via the pilot ladder. The pilot is assisted by the crew. The Sedov is starting her journey around the world for one year.

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Russian Tall Ship Sedov leaves Rostock (1)

Rostock, Germany May 28 2012 4.57 pm

My favorite ship is the Russian tall ship ‘Sedov’ from Moermansk. Upon arrival in Rostock she lays there in full glory. It is the second time I am on board for pilotage. In 2009 I was on board for the pilotage during the arrival of the ships for DelfSail 2009. Along the way to Eemshaven we had very bad wheather. Now the weather is beautiful and the pilotage only takes half an hour. The Sedov starts her journey around the world.

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HMS Bounty sank off the coast of North Carolina.

Near Eemshaven, August 22, 2009 5.55 am. 

Yesterday the three mast tall ship H.M.S. ‘Bounty’ sank off the coast of North Carolina after it caught in Hurricane Sandy. The US Coast Guard rescued 14 of the 16 crew members after the ship started taking on water. One crew member was found death later and the captain is still missing. My prayers are with them all. The Bounty, 55 meter long, is a replica of the ship of the same name famous for the mutiny of its crew in the 18th century. Built for the 1962 film ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ it was on its way from Connecticut on the north-east coast of the US to Florida. The ship was the star at DelfSail 2009.
For the impressive rescue of HMS Bounty click on link:!

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Pilotage Tall Ship ‘Cuauhtemoc’ in Den Helder.

Den Helder, August 19, 2008 8,44 am

At maritime events also tall ships are guided by a pilot. During Sail Den Helder the tall ship ‘Çuauhtemoc’ , a Mexican training ship sails under supervision of pilot Roon Heimel to her berth. The crew is working hard on a special arrival.

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Arrival of the Götheborg in Den Helder.

Den Helder, July 5, 2012 at 3:16 am

The Swedish Replica of Eastindiaman “Götheborg” has been visited Den Helder.
It was a Pre-Sail visit before Sail Den Helder 2013. As part of  “Marinedagen 2012” many people has visited the ship. During Sail Den Helder 2013 (20 – 23th of August 2013)  the replica “Götheborg” also will be present. For more pictures click on link.


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