The Kamper Kogge leaves King’s Lynn

The Kamper Kogge leaves King's Lynn waterfront after the end of the Hanse Festival. Picture: Matthew

The Kamper Kogge leaves King's Lynn waterfront after the end of the Hanse Festival. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The medieval trading ship was the star attraction of this weekend's Hanse Festival.

She made her way back to sea on this morning's high tide at 6.30am to embark on a journey that will eventually take her back to her home city of Kampen in the Netherlands.

The replica oak ship had been constructed using the same methods that would have been used originally. It even features a castle on the stern that was meant to defend against pirates and enemies.

And tours of the Kamper Kogge were certainly among the most popular attractions of the Hanse Festival which was held this weekend in the town's historic quarter.

Nick Daubney, Leader of West Norfolk Council, said: 'The Kamper Kogge made a big statement here in King's Lynn; she generated no end of interest for the town.

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'It depicted so well what Hanse is all about when it comes to international trade, and the crew really helped engage the local community and people here in general.

'I must thank our sponsors for helping to make this happen: Associated British Ports, Greenworld and the Dutch Embassy in London.'

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The original Hanseatic League, which comprised of a group of merchant towns around the Baltic and the North Sea, was an extremely influential trading association and very much part of King's Lynn's development and historic past.

King's Lynn was Britain's first member of the new Die Hanse which is an active network of towns and cities across Europe, which historically belonged to the Hanseatic League.

Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Hull are the only other members of Die Hanse in the UK.

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