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"HF 244 Astarte" - Sailing ship

Sails actively as a traditional ship in the North Sea and Baltic Sea

The Schiffergilde Bremerhaven, founded in 1978 as an association for traditional sailors, has restored the last Finkenwerder cutter, "HF 244 Astarte" with great dedication and has been actively sailing it as a traditional ship in the North and Baltic Seas ever since.

As a pure sailor, the "Astarte" has fished for only a few years. Already in 1912 she received an auxiliary engine of 12 HP, but still in 1952 the Finkenwerder Fischer family Külper, for whom the "Astarte" was built in 1903, fished with their cutter. It was then sold to Wilhelmshaven. There the "Astarte" was active as a research cutter for the Senkenberg Institute and was launched.

The Schiffergilde acquired the heavily modified cutter in 1978, restored it according to the original plans of the Altona Museum in Hamburg and brought it - close to the original - back into motion.

After 21 years as an active museum sailor, the Schiffergilde once again invested in the valuable ship in 1999/2000 with the support of the State of Bremen and the Bremerhaven economy. A new deck, renovated hull, masts extended by two metres and new sails make the HF 244 "Astarte" appear in new splendour and make it fit for the future.

The only thing that still reminds us of fishing after 111 years is the original Finkenwerder fishing mark "HF 244", with which the "Astarte" has meanwhile become a trademark on the North Sea and Baltic Sea. Today it is mainly used by young people on the Weser, in the German Bight and also in the Baltic Sea.

Species: Ocean cutter
Owner: Schiffergilde Bremerhaven e. V., Bremerhaven
Home port: Bremerhaven
Nation: GER
Overall length: 27,00 m
Width: 6,10 m
Draught: 2,50 m
Sail area: 250 m²
Crew: 12

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