Spectacular sight as classic sailing ships stop off in Lowestoft

The STS Morgenster arrives at the port of Lowestoft, one of two classic ships that sailed into the p

The STS Morgenster arrives at the port of Lowestoft, one of two classic ships that sailed into the port. Picture: ABP PORT OF LOWESTOFT - Credit: Archant

A pair of classic sailing ships have made a welcome stop off in Lowestoft.

The tall ships sailed into the Port of Lowestoft last week, stopping off on their voyages around the world as they created a spectacular sight for locals.

One of the vessels – the STS Morgenster – was originally built as a herring lugger in 1919. Today, it is a special purpose training ship that travels around the world helping naval students learn how to sail. It sailed through Lowestoft on its way from Den Helder, in Holland, before the start of a four-day trip to Greenwich.

The second ship, STV Eendracht, is a three-masted schooner built in 1989 and run by The Sailing Sea Ship Foundation. The Foundation offers active sail training to young people, preparing them for careers in the maritime industry.

Gary Horton, harbour master at ABP Port of Lowestoft, said: 'We are delighted to have offered excellent facilities to the crews of both ships during their stay.

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'The continued improvement of services at our ports is part of an extensive and ongoing programme of investment by ABP to keep us at the forefront of the industry. The use of Town Quay, providing great views from the bascule bridge, was a perfect location to berth these two fine historic sailing ships,' he added.

'Attracting these classic tall ships to our port also allows local people to experience them, learn about their history and develop an appreciation of the maritime industry, which is so vital to the local economy, where the port alone supports more than 1,100 jobs.'

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