Have a look at our ships sailing on the Wadden Sea and the IJsselmeer
The Klipper Waterwolf was built in 1899 in Capelle aan de IJssel under the name “Jacomina Maria” and served as a cargo ship for the Dutch & Belgian inland waterways. Early in the 1930s she was converted into a motor ship and the masts disappeared.
During this time the Waterwolf sailed from ‘Sas van Gent’ on the border with Belgium. She transported flax & hay, among other things. In the late 1950s it was the trend to extend these ships to be able to transport even more freight and a heavier engine was introduced. The Waterwolf, or then called “Juma”, from 36 meters was extended to 42 meters and sailed not only in Belgium and the Netherlands but also over the Rhine towards Germany. The ship has been repeatedly renovated and served as a freighter until 1997.
This is how the Waterwolf ended up with us
The Lotus was built in 1889 as a Baltic Sea Tjalk under the name Harmina. Baltic Sea Tjalks were made to act as sailing cargo ships: They sailed in an area that stretched from the Baltic Sea to Northern France and England. It was certainly the workhorse and handyman of water transport in the Netherlands in the 18th and 19th centuries. They transported from manure to livestock and from grain to sand.
Lotus as a workship
Her last years as a working ship took place in the 1970s and she was used as a transshipment ship at the Koopmans factory in Leeuwarden. She had already lost her mast at that time, because her only function was to transport flour from the large cargo ships through the smaller channels to the factory as a pushboat. In the winter of 1980, she sails a leak during such transport and sinks. Although she is brought back to the surface, the damage is so great that she is taken to demolition.
Saved from destruction
A sailing enthusiast spots the particularly beautiful construction of the Lotus, when she is only half above the water waiting to be demolished and buys it. She is returned to her original sailing state, with mast and side boards and space for passengers instead of cargo. For example, she was brought back into service in 1982 to serve as an authentic sailing ship.
In 1996 Olaf buys her and then sails with home port Makkum and later Harlingen with passengers over the Wadden area and the Frisian lakes.
Rebuild & rename
In 2008 we decided to completely modernize the ship. This is to be able to comply with all renewed safety regulations, but also to ensure that she meets all requirements and wishes both in terms of sailing technology and for the comfort of our guests. With great care to preserve the authentic features of the ship.