Antigua Tall Ship Details

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In this blog I want to give more details about the tall ship, The Antigua.


The three-mast sailing ship Antigua was built in 1957 in Thorne (UK) and sailed as a fishing vessel in her early years, until she was purchased in the early 1990s by Dutch tall ship enthusiasts and re-fitted thoroughly as a barkentine for passenger traffic.

Since then, the Antigua has 16 twin passenger cabins, each with individual toilet and shower and a small porthole (the two front cabins have the porthole actually in the bathroom). The Antigua is a regular sight in Spitsbergenʼs fjords since 2009.

Occasionally, the crew needs participants to help during sailing manoeuvres. As a sailor, I will consider it part of the adventure. Sailing experience is not necessary, as the crew will always be there to supervise.

Antigua at Moffen, at the north coast of Spitsbergen


The ship sails under the Dutch flag. Home port is Franeker near Harlingen (NL). There are 7 crew, the Captain, navigators and deck/service crew, mostly Dutch and German but also speaking English. There are also an Expedition Leader and an experienced, knowledgeable guide/lecturer.

Electricity 220 V with European standard plug. Length(complete) 49.50 metres. Width 7.13 metres. Draft 3.10 metres. Maximum sail area 750 m2

Main engine Cummins 400 PS. Speed 5-7 knots, depending on currents & weather. Bow thruster Yes. Certificate number 9336ZZ

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