The original Stad was registered in 1854 she was one of the first riveted iron clippers built.
Though she missed the California gold rush, between 1854 and 1866, Amsterdam carried cargo between Europe, Australia, and the Dutch East Indies.
Clipper ships are the fastest cargo-carrying vessels ever built. On long voyages racing across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, they often average 17 - 19 miles per hour.
Until the transcontinental railroads were established, clippers were the fastest and most economical way to transport cargo.
In the 1840s, the discovery of gold in Australia sparked Dutch interest in the clipper trade. The original Amsterdam, on which Stad Amsterdam is modeled, was commissioned by the shipping firm of Louis Bienfait & Sons.
Construction began on the second version of the Stad in December 1997, at the Amsterdam shipyard Damen Oranjewerf and had a total cost of approximately 16 million usd. She was christened and unveiled to the public in 2000 during the Sail Amsterdam Event by Mrs. Rita Cook, the wife of Prime Minister Wim Cook.
Stad Amsterdam was built in tribute to Dutch maritime history of the nineteenth century and provides its crew and passengers the experience of sailing a true clipper tall ship. She was designed by nautical architect and former competitive sailor Gerard Dijkstra for the Randstad Holding Company and the Municipality of Amsterdam.
She was expertly designed and built using old sketches of 19th century clippers , yet features some of the most modern technical equipment on board of any other tall ship in her class - not to mention her circular staircase and ornate copper detailing throughout.
Both beautiful and fast she was the overall winner of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Race in 2001.
As tribute to the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth Stad Amsterdam departed from Plymouth, England on September 1, 2009 on an 8 month trip tracing the voyage of Charles Darwin and his ship The Beagle. The journey was documented for television in a program called: Beagle: In the wake of Darwin.
The tall ship has 14 beautifully appointed staterooms , a large state room (for company dinners and celebrations) and bar. The Clipper is available for corporate events, privately booked cruises and individual tours.
She sails far and wide across the Atlantic, throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean and North Sea.
Traditionally her routes vary from one year to the next. Alternating between Tall Ship Races one year and sailing the next year 745 nautical miles between Porto, Portugal to Portsmouth, England.
Length: 76 m LOA
Beam: 10.5 m
Draught: 4.8 m
Speed: 17 knots under sail
Sail area: 2,200 m2
Built in: 2000
Crew capacity: 58 people
Weight: 1,038 tons
Height: 46.2 m tall
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