Old Danish ships attend TallShips Races
The Danish maritime history was prominently represented when the TallShips Races 2018 stopped by Esbjerg last month. A lot of the elder guests recognized a number of the ships and were able to tell their families and grandchildren the stories of back then when they were young and took off on the small freighter ships.
The Dutch chip log with schooner De Gallant was in Esbjerg. The steel logger, which was built in 1916 by Isaac Figee's shipyard in Vlaardingen, Holland, was bought by a Danish shipowner in Grenå back in 1965 and the ship was launched as Gertrud. The ship was brought over from Sweden where it had been since 1935 when the fishing vessel was converted into a "modern" freight ship of steel with capacity for 160 tonnes.
Later Gertrud was used to collect tang and had its home port in Frederikshavn, and from 1971 Gertrud took on the role as a rock fisher used for building piers and extending several Danish ports. The ship stopped performing these tasks in December 1980 when it was sold from Ebeltoft Dykkerenterprise to Enkhuizen in Holland, which is a center for sailing charter ships. The ship was converted to a charter ship with capacity for 30 passengers and put into service with 415 square meters sails on its masts.