ABOUT THE READE SWAN // NOORDERLICHT

A unique ship, with unique destinations for everybody

The Reade Swan // Noorderlicht with her ice strengthened bow is the most beautiful Tall ship in the fleet and is suited to all ages. Anyone can come on board, from families with children to elderly sailors, fathers with sons, mothers with daughters, friends for life or budding relationships.

The one thing all our guests have in common is the wish for a special voyage. They want to enjoy outdoor life, the ocean, and the countries we visit. Whoever sails with the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht also learns about those aboard, the crew and the guests. Sometimes photos are shared at the end of a voyage. Sometimes friends for life are made.

The most beautifull 2-mast schooner

The word ‘schooner’ comes from the verb ‘to scon’, meaning ‘to send over water.’ Schooners have anything between two and six masts, and on a 2-mast schooner, the foremast is smaller than the aft mast. With her high gaff-topsails and her beautifull hull the Read Swan // Noorderlicht is a feast for the eye.

Specifications

  • Type 2 mast schooner
  • Built/rebuilt 1910, 1993
  • Length 46,20 m
  • Width 6,50 m
  • Mastheight 43 m
  • Hullspeed 12 knots
  • Draught 3,2 m
  • Tonnage 250 Ton
  • Sailing plan 7 sails
  • Sail size 550 m2
  • Engine 460 HP Caterpillar C12 Diesel
  • Crew 5-7 pers.
  • Capacity 20 trainees
  • Toilets 6
  • Showers 7
  • Callsign PGJG
  • Port Enkhuizen The Netherlands
  • Frag Holland
  • Certificates Worldwide
  • IMO-number 8650813

How is the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht used?

Individuals

Corporate Hospitality

Personal Leadership

Masterskip

Where we sail

De Reade Swan // Noorderlicht is licensed to sail worldwide and can sail wherever required. With her ice strengthened bow she also sets course for the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

From June up to September the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht sails in North Norway and Spitsbergen | Svalbard with individuals or businesses, or offering corporate hospitality or leadership training trips.

In October + November and April + May  the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht navigates on the North-, and South Atlantic ocean around the Canarian Islands, Brazil, in the Cariben and the Azores with the Masterskip programme for secondary school pupils.

From December up to March the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht executes expeditions on Antarctica.

The crew

Our crew’s passion is to provide a challenging and hospitable environment for our guests. The Reade Swan // Noorderlicht’s crew are well-trained professional sailors with some of the crew being volunteers. During the Masterskip voyages, fully qualified secondary school teachers join the crew.

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Kapitein

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Stuurmannen

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Machinist

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Bootsman

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Scheepskok

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Interior manager

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Matroos

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Matroos

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Matroos

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Captain
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Officer
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Engineer
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Bosun
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Interior manager
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Cook
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Mates

Interior: life on board

What immediately stands out is the warm and cozy atmosphere in the ship. There are beautiful communal areas that can be well heated in the polar areas. There are also 10 comfortable two-person cabins. Living together on board is a fantastic experience whatever your age. It means that one of the most important parts of the sea voyage, the group process, can develop, and for leadership voyages the set-up is ideal. It gives the team a chance to develop very quickly.

Food

A diversity of meals are prepared in the professional galley. Our chefs are cooking delicious meals to keep a group of expedition-sailors on their legs in rough weather and let them enjoy together in deserted bays.

Watch systems

While on board you can join in on the sea watch system. We highly recommend it as getting involved with the 24-hour rhythm of the ship is a fantastic experience. During the day, there are always times when everyone is awake and you can do activities unrelated to sailing. Sometimes, it’s fun to help with small maintenance tasks. At other times you could follow a practical workshop such as in astronavigation, photography, cooking, or leadership skills. And sometimes it could be that you or another guest just want to share something with the group. 

There are different watch systems each with a number of different variations:

– 6 hours on and 6 hours off
– 7 hours on, 5 hours off, 5 hours on, 7 hours off

A watch system for 3 people is usually 4 hours on, 8 hours off

Communication

As soon as the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht is a few sea miles off the coast, a sense of peace descends on the ship: there’s no cellphone connection anymore. Can you imagine it? A day without your mobile phone? It’s only natural when you’re on board the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht. There is no contact with the outside world.

Of course, there are other ways for the Reade Swan // Noorderlicht to be in 24/7 contact with the outside world. In case of emergency, we can always be reached and can always reach others.

During the voyage, the captain speaks at least once a day about what the current situation is, where the ship is sailing and what the plans are. These are always enjoyable moments

And there’s always, 24/7, someone you can immediately talk to, ask your questions to or discuss things with.

Safety

De Reade Swan // Noorderlicht sails under the Dutch flag and meets all requirements set worldwide, European-wide and nationally. Our crew’s certificates are also always up-to-date and we carry out exercises on board to practice for different situations and to maintain a high understanding of safety.