Project Description

Type: Klipper
Year: 1896
Length: 25.7m
Beam: 5.85m
Draft: 1.1m
Engine: Klochner Deutz 116hp
Rig: Gaff rigged Ketch

De Walvisch was built as a sailing cargo ship in Duyvendijk, Ouderkerk aan den IJssel and used as as cargo vessel well into the 1960’s, mostly carrying sand and eels. During the Second World War she was commandeered by the Germans and her bow reinforced for use as a possible landing craft to invade Britain. Around the same period she was motorised. In the 1970’s she became a charter vessel and worked in that trade until going into private ownership in 2000. Of rivetted iron and steel construction, she retains her original hull and roof (deck house).