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a standard experience for Dutch youngsters!
During the season of 2012 'Shtandart' sailed over 8000 miles and was a
guest in many ports of different countries. The last country she visits
in 2012 is the Netherlands. From the last port in Germany (Flensburg) some
Dutch trainees joined 'Shtandart' to sail with her to their home country.
An experience of a lifetime according to one of them. Here is her story.
sister and I joined Shtandart for one week. We both think that that week
was an experience of a lifetime. Sleeping in a hammock,
swimming in open sea, climbing to the crow’s, when the ship was
moving, steer by compass, lots of ropes and helping the permanent crew.
images at the thought of those days. That week gave us a good impression
of how sailing was three hundred years ago.
We joined sailing the part from Flensburg to Vlissingen. That week we
became aware of The Netherlands on another level. It was brilliant to see
The Netherlands from another side; the sea. All the tiny lights in the
dark and the empty beaches between the towns we past. It was beautiful!
wasn’t a week of luxury, but that didn’t
matter. It was great to share any meanings with any of the crew members.
Most of the crew
spoke perfectly English, the others understandably. Anyhow, It was always
quite clear to us what was expected of us. Further gave the crew us a lot
of responsibility and trust, which made us feel welcome.
It was wonderful to be part of that devoted crew.
We had a wonderful week. Shtandart, thank you for that!
Hanneke Klip (19), The Netherlands
A week later the city of Middelburg welcomed 'Shtandart' for the first
time and the ship attracted a lot of visitors including school students.
What a surprise it must be for 15-16 year old students when your teacher
tells you that your class may sail on 'Shtandart' for a day excursion instead
of sitting in the classroom! On 4th September 31 students of the Calvijn
College stepped on board for a historic 'Shtandart' experience. Back at
school they were requested to write about their experience of that day.
A day trip on Shtandart
Shtandart had been moored for a week in the canal in Middelburg, where
our school is. During our geography class we visited the ship, and our
teacher explained what kind of ship it was and what it was used for. The
next day we heard we could make a day trip with that same ship. It would
be on Tuesday 4 September. We were all incredibly excited!
That day we had to be at school at 8.20 a.m. The boat was anchored in the
Middelburg canal. We started sailing as soon as we were all on board, at
about a quarter to ten. First, we helped taking in the gangway. Then the
engines started, and we sailed towards Veerse Meer (a big lake). Each one
of us had brought a small gift for the crew, and our presents were displayed
on the table in the galley.
When we arrived at the locks we helped throwing the fenders overboard.
We were also allowed to steer the ship on Veerse Meer. The captain taught
us how to do that. One of the crewmembers, Irina, gave us directions as
well. Her English was very good. Which was great, because it meant we could
communicate easily with her. In the meantime a delicious meal was prepared
for us inside. We ate spaghetti in the galley.
At one of the locks we had to wait for twenty minutes. Because the weather
was nice and warm, we were allowed to take a swim, which we did, of course.
While the boat was sailing we could also climb to the crow’s nest.
From up there we had a marvellous view over the water.
At approximately a quarter to six we had another bite to eat. This consisted
of tea served with all kinds of biscuits and cakes. This was also very
At the last locks we had to wait for another hour. Here again we had a
We arrived at our final destination, Willemstad, at ten past eight. Since
we could only moor at 12 o’clock, we tied-up at about 2 kilometers
outside of the town. As soon as we arrived in Willemstad, we found a
snackbar and had some french fries. When we came to our bus, we saw Irina
by. She was jogging. After that the bus we had ordered picked us up and
took us back to Middelburg. It was an amazing boat trip!
Debora de Hollander, Anne de Visser, Julia de Visser/VMBO4
Sailing with Shtandart
Tuesday 4 September 31 students from our school’s
fourth grade joined Shtandart on a day trip. The ship had been moored
in the Middelburg
canal for several days. Our teacher, mister Goedbloed, thought it might
be a good idea for those fourth grade students whose curriculum included
geography, to sail with the ship, in order to learn more about what ships
looked like in those days. Shtandart is a replica of the frigate Shtandart,
which was built in 1703. Tsar Peter the Great commissioned that ship. After
some time we heard we could join the ship on a day-trip.
nine o’clock in the morning we boarded. We could look around
for half an hour, and used that time to buy some snacks at the local bakery.
At a quarter to ten we took the gangway in and prepared some other things.
At ten o’clock we started sailing. We sailed through the first locks
towards Veerse Meer (a big lake). The views over the wide water and the
surroundings were amazing.
were allowed to take the wheel and climb the rigging all the way up
into the crow’s nest. We all thought that was brilliant. The captain
was very obliging during the steering. We also helped the Russian crew
to set the table and run some other errands. And we loved lying in the
crew’s hammocks. We were served two meals which the crew had prepared
for us. It tasted good.
passing Veerse Meer we continued sailing on the Oosterschelde, and
we had to pass several locks, and two bridges had to open up for
we had to wait for some time, and we killed that time by diving in the
water, whether we had our swimming gear on or not… When we were sailing
we did the chores we had been given on the ship. We could also ask the
crew questions. These had to be posed in English, because the crewmembers
could not speak Dutch. We arrived at Willemstad at approximately 8.30.
We said goodbye to the crew, and they helped us ashore. At the quay we
sang the Dutch national anthem, ‘Wilhelmus’. After that we
walked to a snackbar close-by, where we enjoyed a delicious bite to eat.
At a quarter past nine a bus brought us back to school. It was an amazing,
Mirjam and Melissa
Come and sail with us!
still have places available for adventurous young people during the
Want a special way to spend your summer vacation?
Check the schedule to see which port 'Shtandart' is going to visit
and join us on one of the trips.
As a trainee, or more experienced sailor
you will not just have an unforgettable time, but as a member of the
crew you learn and experience sailing aboard an historic ship.
Download the application
form from the sailing schedule, select your
voyage, mail it to us and ask your friends to do the same.
be happy to welcome all of you on board at one of the voyages!
Setting Sails for Season 2012
Winter is over, and Spring is there the Shtandart crew and volunteers
are positively excited about the upcoming
Sailing season. What needs to be done to prepare 'Shtandart' for bringing
her into shipshape
condition, and making her look pretty again for her planned visits this
a job they did!!
Sanding, painting, varnishing, checking everything, repairing where necessary
and of course cleaning were the day-to-day activities in the past weeks.
And, they succeeded! A big thank you to the crew members
and volunteers to get ‘Shtandart’ ready for the season. On 29th April they
set sails for the first voyage of the season with destination Oslo in Norway.
Then ‘Shtandart’ will sail back to Hamburg to take part in
the Hafengeburtstag festival that starts on 11th May.
Dominic, Vibke and Florian are travelling carpenters. On Shtandart, they
repaired the seats in the Mess Room, so now our sailors have new places
to sleep on!
According to the rules of their Guild which was founded in 1910, these
guys did a three year course in carpentry and now they gain experience
They stick to the old traditions, they don’t use
phones or computers and are not allowed to get closer than 50 kilometers
to their homes!
Their test lasts for three years and one day. During this time they must
wear the clothes and bear the insignia of their guild. They must also collect
stamps from all the towns they visited and must never stay anywhere longer
than three months!
Our carpenters have been travelling for eighteen months now, but are only
half way through their journey.
In the summer they are planning to join the Shtandart crew
in order to feel like true ship’s carpenters. Let’s wish
them a good journey and a friendly wind!
See you on board!
Sailing Schedule 2012 available!
Summer 'Shtandart' will visit more than 20 ports in 7 countries to take
part in festivals, regatta's and other activities. And, as we mentioned
before, she might show up unexpectedly in another port to visit friends.
Why not step back 300 years in time to experience the time of your
life aboard a historic sailing ship?
Watching the sun set behind the horizon
as we make our way out of the familiar port into the world of new adventures?
Could you think of a better way to spend (a part of) your holidays?
Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced sea hand, young
or not so young anymore, man or woman, we welcome you to join us for
days at sea.
You will not be treated as a passenger, but become a member of the
team and assist the crew in their work with setting sails, watchkeeping,
cleaning, cooking and who knows you get permission to climb the rigging
or steer the ship yourself. All this while you feel the wind blowing
in the sails. Of course there is also time to relax!!
the 2012 sailing schedule here,
you can select one (or more) journeys to join us at sea. Meet new friends
and take back home some wonderful moments
If you'd like more information or to enroll please contact us via one
of the below mentioned addresses and we will be happy to answer your
and send you the application form.
Or you can download the application
form here, complete it and email it
back to us!
We look forward to welcoming you on board in one of the ports or for
a journey at sea!
We need your help!
It will be no surprise that, after almost 13 years in active service, Shtandart
must undergo some serious maintenance. Some parts (including the beautiful
carvings) need repair, modernizing or, in some cases, replacement. We plan
to visit our friends in Europe for many more years with lots of trainees
on board, thus time for action!
The first steps in the right direction were taken in the Autumn of 2011
in the dry-dock in The Netherlands, but there is much more that needs to
be done and for which we count on the support of our current, but also
new, sponsors and donators.
There are parts that have priority (generator,
winch, water purification, etc.) , parts to preserve 'Shtandart's characteristics
(decorations, hammocks, crew's accommodation, etc.), but also items like
climbing harnesses and uniforms.
The carved decorations and hammocks are
fun to replace as an educational project in cooperation with partner-friends,
volunteers and schools. But, one way or the other, we need your (financial)
support. Please visit our 'Donate'
page here to see how to help 'Shtandart'!
behalf of the ‘Shtandart’ family: Thank
A special Shtandart souvenir.
If you take a look at the pictures and films of 'Shtandart' during the
second half of the season, it will not be difficult to notice that the
characteristic 22 wreaths around the gun ports are missing. Yes, most of
them were already damaged, but the remains had to be removed for a film
and afterwards it appeared they were damaged too much to get restored before
putting them back in their place.
the construction of 'Shtandart' in the 90’s,
the carving of the lime wood wreaths were a part of a social training
program and it
took 2 years to complete the whole set of 22 pieces. Each wreath consists
of 8 parts and has an inside diameter of about 880mm and the outer
diameter is about 1.180mm and they were carved with details obtained
We think that it is time to look for funds to carve new wreaths of oak
wood. It will take an experienced craftsman one month to create one wreath.
Thus, basically another 2 years before 'Shtandart' can be fully decorated
with the 22 pieces. Therefore it is our intention to also look for options
to involve educational woodworking projects where our craftsmen can assist
the younger generation to learn about historic shipbuilding and craftmanship.
The expenses for the making of a new wreath are 3000 Euro each. We are
looking for sponsors helping us to complete 'Shtandart' again with 22 new
wreaths. As proof of our appreciation, the person, company, institute,
club or group who sponsors a new wreath receives a certificate and a piece
of the original wreath and we will keep you posted about the progress of
the making of 'your' wreath. It is also possible to sponsor one of the
eight pieces of a wreath against 400 Euro per piece.
We hope that with your support this will soon be 'Shtandart's look again.
further information: email@example.com
tak til Shtandarts venner i Danmark!
count on many friends throughout Europe (and beyond) and sometimes special
activities are organized for the benefit (or
in honour) of ‘Shtandart’ to raise funds for her maintenance,
to interest visitors to become a sponsor, friend or volunteer of the project
or just as general promotion for the Shtandart project.
Frederikshavn (Denmark) the association ‘Friends of Frigate Shtandart’ asked
for attention in a unique way. They set up a Russian type small log cabin
in the centre of Frederikshavn city, where they sold ‘blini’ (the
typical Russian pancake) with tea, coffee or mulled wine. Their action
did not go unnoticed by the local media.
of PDF article here)
The funds generated during all
activities of this association are used to support as many visits of ‘Shtandart’ to
the Scandinavian area in connection with the Tordenskjolds event and
to give local support
to the crew when the ship visits their country.
Peter Jansen Wessel, better known as Tordenskjold (Thunder Shield) is
considered the most famous Danish naval hero who died in 1720 at the age
of 29, after a lightning career in the Royal Danish-Norwegian Navy.
A big thank you to the ‘Shtandarts Venner’ in
Denmark for their warm support and we wish them the best of luck with
all their activities.
We hope it is an example for other countries to join forces too.
our Danish friends succeed in their efforts to bring ‘Shtandart’ to
Frederikshavn this year?
We will soon know when the 2012 sailing program
captain and crew of frigate ‘Shtandart’, the staff of Project
Shtandart and Stichting TS Shtandart wish our sponsors, donators and volunteers
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY 2012!
Shtandart’ in Hamburg during winter 2011/2012
One of our hard
working volunteers, Erwin Volker, underlined our statement: "You
never know when or where 'Shtandart' might show up!"
September he spotted her in Cuxhaven (Germany) making her way to the Netherlands
for the last part of her 2011 program.
the cities of Zaandam, Maassluis, Dordrecht, Lelystad and the dry-dock
in Hellevoetsluis it was time to bring ‘Shtandart’ to
her winter berth in Hamburg. It was no surprise that Erwin signed up for
this journey, but he had to promise to keep a log for us so we would know
when 'Shtandart' safely arrived in Hamburg.
Here is his contribution.
On the evening of Wednesday 26th October, the day we took the Shtandart
out of the historic dry dock, the time had come to say good-bye to Hellevoetsluis
again and this time setting the sails for Hamburg. Before departure we
the local supermarket was left empty (well.... almost) after we bought
our supplies. At about 17:30 the groceries were on board and after a safety
meeting held by Captain Vladimir the time was there to let go all lines
and to sail into the Haringvliet.
a gentle South-westerly wind (force 4 to 5) and later decreasing, ‘Shtandart’ was
in her element and sailed well through the waves.
On board there was the so familiar and happy ''life-at-sea''-atmosphere;
during the crossing there was a watch-schedule (including for preparing
the meals) in which all crew and volunteers had to participate, which all
At the end of our sea crossing, we first called in at Cuxhaven along the
River Elbe to await the tide running in. Therefore the night was spent
in Cuxhaven, which gave some possibilities to explore the docks (with its
many, many fish shops).
The following morning at 10:00 the last leg of the voyage was started.
Now with the tide running with us, the ship made a speed of approx.10 knots.
At the end of the afternoon we arrived in Hamburg (next to an ice-cream
shop, where we bought a complete tray of strawberry ice for the desert
of that evening).
This was (almost needless to say) a tremendous experience with only one
sad thing: the fact that we had to leave Shtandart and had to take the
train back home.
Thank you Erwin for keeping us posted and we are pleased to read you
enjoy sailing with us! We look forward to see you on board again next
year! To accompany his story, have a look at the film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7zBl2b2-dQ)
taken when ‘Shtandart’ leaves from Hellevoetsluis to Hamburg.
A few days after ‘Shtandart’s
arrival in Hamburg there was a reason for another celebration, since
on 4th November it was 17 years
ago that the keel of the replica was laid in St. Petersburg. Time for a
the winter period ‘Shtandart’ will be open daily
for the public and the crew will be pleased to welcome you on board for
(min. 10 persons).
There are also possibilities for B&B arrangements.
For information and reservation please call: +49-1604025433
The ship is berthed in Sandtorhafen (pontoon 5A), 20457 Hamburg.
Opening times: Monday-Thursday: 11.00-17.00h, Friday: 11.00-18.00h and
during the weekend: 10.00-18.00h.
Successful docking of ‘Shtandart’ ends
(and thanks to the volunteers who assisted the crew)
it was confirmed that ‘Shtandart’ was going to be docked
in the historic 19th Century Jan Blanken dry-dock in Hellevoetsluis,
an announcement was made to ask for extra hands to assist with the work
to be done on the ship as well as for assistance with other activities. ‘Shtandart’ spent
quite a lot of time in the Netherlands since last Winter and therefore
may rely on several local volunteers when help is required.
countries most of them initially came on board as visitors, listened
to the stories of the guides and crew, experienced the historic atmosphere
on board and made the decision they wanted to do more for ‘Shtandart’ then
just donate money for the maintenance of the ship in the ships box; they
wanted to be involved.
For the work on the ship in the dry-dock, volunteers and crew from Russia
travelled to Hellevoetsluis and got assistance from local and international
volunteers. A spontaneous message was received from a Dutch student offering
to help during his Autumn school holidays and to share his experience
as a (new) young volunteer working on ‘Shtandart’, he sent
us following message:
just returned to my normal school days, but a few days back I got a
great week with the Russian
crew of STS Shtandart. I stayed and slept
on board for 4 days and quite enjoyed it. I met a new culture and language,
and it was quite fun to learn from each other about our country’s
language and history. I worked together with a German guy, some Dutch
volunteers and the Russian crew to fix and repair the Shtandart. It were
great sunny days and together we painted a lot. Also I am quite happy
to see we have done so much work in such little time. It were some great
days not to forget, and I hope to do this in future again and again.
I might not see the Russian crew and other volunteers back again, but
I won’t forget them. I thank all people and crew dealing with STS
Shtandart for the great and funny moments. Alexander van Maanen, Geldermalsen
We look forward to welcoming him back next year to join the crew, and also
on board ‘Shtandart’ at sea!
attract more visitors during ‘Shtandart’s stay in the
dry dock and to bring the new accommodation of the Jan Blanken Dry dock
under attention, special activities were organized.
on ‘Shtandart’ and in the dry-dock, an 18th century historic
camp, workshops of painting Matroejska dolls and of making chocolate,
a living statue (was he of chocolate too?), performances of chanty choirs,
a non-stop slide show of the construction of ‘Shtandart’,
a new exposition of the dry-dock, the working on ‘Shtandart’ and
other craftsmanship demonstrations made it an attractive event to visit.
About Jan Blanken Dry Dock
In 1787 Jan Blanken Janz presented his plan for the construction
of a double dry dock in Hellevoetsluis, but he had to wait till 1796
to get permission to build ‘his’ dry dock. The construction
took place from 1802 till 1825. The steam pumps, produced in England
and smuggled to Hellevoetsluis, operate as a push-pull system.
Blanken is a double Dry dock with 2 dockyards, the keel dock (construction
started in 1802)
and the timber dock (1821-1825), situated after each
other. The keel dock, where ‘Shtandart’ was docked, is
built on 3000 wooden pilings of 12 meter long each. The timber dock
pilings) was constructed for new built ships and long-term repairs.
The docks are separated by lock gate.
The entire dry dock has a length of 156,80 metres and is 31,20 meters
wide and is closed by a caisson (bateau-porte). It can be lowered in
recesses by filling it with water and it floats when the water is pumped
out. In the walls surrounding the dry dock a so-called aquaduct, with
a total length of 320 meter, has been constructed. Its purpose was a
water reservoir, with water used to put out fires on the wooden ships
at time of docking. The aquaduct can be visited during a guided tour.
For more information please visit: www.droogdok.nl
26th October ‘Shtandart’ left
the dry-dock ready to set sail to Hamburg.
WHEN THE DUTCH GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO SEA ......
the sea, with its history and adventures, is still in the blood of
the Dutch became clear when ‘Shtandart’ was berthed in
Dordrecht early October. 30 people from the oldest city of the Netherlands
took the opportunity to set sail for an historic 18th-century experience
aboard ‘Shtandart’ during the 24-hour transit to Lelystad,
under almost the same conditions as their ancestors.
Before 'Shtandart' was setting sail the Captain gave instructions and
explained what was expected from them, but nobody changed their mind
and in the early evening they were waved off by their family and friends.
It was an excellent transit, with full moon, many stars in a clear
sky, a calm North Sea and a beautiful sunrise, but next to enjoying
is always work that needs to be done. Nevertheless, all enjoyed being
on board in his/her own way. After ‘Shtandart’ was safely
moored in Lelystad, one of our temporary crew members wrote to us to
share her findings:
trip with ‘Shtandart’ from
Dordrecht to Lelystad.
idea to sail with ‘Shtandart’ came
up after her visit to the Furieade event in Maassluis. When we heard
that you could sign
up for a trip and assist the crew during the voyage we did not have
to think for long.
With 4 persons we went on board in Dordrecht and all of us experienced
a fantastic voyage. We got permission to climb the mast, help setting
the sails and operate the helm ourselves.
a beautiful ship with a very enthusiastic, young and experienced crew.
On board you are a part of a group with different
backgrounds, nationalities and ages. One is a real sea dog and for the
other it is his/her first trip at sea (offshore). You learn from each
other, work with each other and at the end of the journey you are a team.
We slept in hammocks, have laughed, worked, enjoyed good food and learned
a lot, but most of all we experienced our stay on board as a fun and
educational journey. I can recommend everybody to sign up for a trip
on ‘Shtandart’ and for me it is definitely worth repeating.
would like to thank ‘Shtandart’,
her Captain and crew for a great trip and that you can continue with
your fantastic work.
Lisette van Baalen.
RTV Dordrecht also joined the trip and made it a story with beautiful
footage. Have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybz84n9tu34 and
see what Lisette and the other (voyage) crew members experienced during
the passage from Dordrecht to Lelystad.
Project Shtandart would like to thank company Dutch Van Der Wees
for their support of the project.
Elias Ott, director of Dutch Van Der Wees, took part in the training
voyage on Shtandart
and saw for himself how new knowledge can be gained from sailing
an historic frigate.
Their very generous gift of a full bunker of diesel fuel was very appreciated
as fuelling the ship is a good way to support the project. It helps
and maintenance of the ship. Thank you again.
HISTORIC END OF THE SEASON IN THE NETHERLANDS
(And a chance to sail with us!! See end of news item!)
'Shtandart ends her 2011 season with voyages along some historic
sites in the Netherlands.
The season is over and the replica Shtandart last summer again visited
many ports in Europe and participated in various festivals. Of course,
the (Culture)Tall Ship's Races, Tallships Fredericia, Baltic Sail,
the Rum Regatta, Hanse Sail were important events, but featuring
in several documentaries, the 3D movie Nova Zembla and in a film
about the last voyage of James Cook may also be seen as highlights.
'Shtandart' ends the season in style this year, by visiting a number
of Dutch cities, that are historically and maritime slightly related
The start is on 24-25 September with a flash visit to Zaandam, the
town where Tsar Peter the Great laid the foundation for his skills
in shipbuilding to later (in 1703) design and build the original
On 29th September, on the occasion of the annual
Furieade festival in Maassluis, Shtandart will visit.
Maassluis was established around 1340 as a settlement near a lock
in a sea wall between the North Sea and Rotterdam. The sea was the
main source of income for the citizens, and during the16th century
the herring fishery in Maassluis expanded
enormously because of the strong demand for herring in the Baltic
region. Every year the Furieade festival is organized in honour of
s.s. Furie, the last steam operated seagoing tug in the Netherlands.
Photo: R. van der Kraan
Early morning on Sunday 2nd October 'Shtandart' will set sail for Dordrecht,
once one of the important ancient trading cities in Western Europe. The trade
between Russia and Dordrecht even goes back to the 16th Century, when Russian
traders settled in Dordrecht (as well as in Rotterdam, Middelburg and Hoorn),
to set up the trade between their homeland and the Netherlands.
In 1688 a storehouse named Russia (see image above) was built, where goods from
St. Petersburg were stored to be traded. Dutch textbooks, tools, and art were
purchased by the Tsar and shipped to Russia. Till 13th October 'Shtandart' will
be moored close to the historic city centre.
During the weekend of 15 and 16 October Shtandart will briefly visit Lelystad,
after which she is expected to arrive in Hellevoetsluis on 19th October. After
the 16th century, this town was the most important naval port of Holland. In
January 1698 Tsar Peter the Great visited Hellevoetsluis on his way to England.
Boris Raptschinsky, ‘Peter de Groote in Holland in 1697-
1698: een historische schets’, (Amsterdam, 1925)
October 'Shtandart' will be docked in the historic dry dock
Jan Blanken, built between 1802 - 1825. During the docking period the
crew will do some repairs and maintenance on the ship to prepare her
for the Winter period. For school groups it is an excellent opportunity
to enjoy a living history lesson.
In the weekend of 22-23 October a lot of extra activities are organized.
'Allemansend', an enthusiastic group of people focussing on living
history, is going to set up their 18th Century camp, explain (with
demonstrations) about naval battles, and much more. The Ukrainian Larisa
Bilous gives a workshop painting the typical Russian Matryoshka dolls,
shanty choirs provide a maritime entertainment and next to nautical
demonstrations and other surprising acts, a non-stop slide show about
the construction of the replica Shtandart can be seen.
On 26th October 'Shtandart' leaves the drydock and the Netherlands for her trip to
It is possible to experience life on board during the voyage in between
the several locations and the voyage to Hamburg, but due to possible
weather conditions it is not easy to give exact departure dates and
times in advance.
If you are interested to take up the challenge and
become a member of the crew please send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you posted on the possibilities.
Also on our Facebook
fanpage NP Projekt Shtandart we will give the latest up-to-date information.
The Summer of 2011
Hamburg, Sonderborg, Flensburg, Rensburg, Fredericia,
Gdansk, Sassnitz, Bremerhaven, Egersund, Stavanger, Halmstad, Klaipeida,
Turku and some
locations in between those ports were visited by ‘Shtandart’ this
Summer for a longer period or just for a short visit to say Ahoy! to
friends. Each port in its own way gave them a warm welcome and the crew
took special memories of the many ports of call with them, to later share
them with their friends and families. We thank everybody for their hospitality!
In Germany, ‘Shtandart’ crew featured as
sailors for a film about the 'Resolution', in 1772 the flagship of
the British Admiralty,
led by Commander James Cook and a few weeks later, in The Netherlands
as sailors on a Dutch ship for the 3D film Nova Zembla about the expedition
of Willem Barentsz in 1596.
The visit to Stavanger was extra special, not only because of the new
topmast being installed and the start of the Tall Ships Race, but also
by a trip with 80 descendants of Cornelius Cruys. Cornelius Cruys was
born in Stavanger (1655) and began his seafaring career in the Netherlands
before his adventurous exploits in the service of Tsar Peter the Great
in St. Petersburg.
Throughout the summer, the crew of 'Shtandart ' welcomed
a divers variety of visitors aboard like Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark,
and new visitors, shanty choirs, even ‘pirates’, and of course
trainees from various countries.
A group of 30 schoolchildren travelled from Ukraine to join the 'Shtandart'
crew in Gdansk for an eight days voyage. At first they felt a little
awkward, but it did not take them long to find life on board interesting
and exciting, even during stormy weather.
They learned a lot of life at sea, slept in hammocks, prepared meals,
were on watch during the long cold nights and scrubbed the deck every
This year, Shtandart’ not only participated in the Tall Ship's
Races, but via the annual Hanse Sail festival in Rostock, where the crew
was completed by trainees from UK and the Netherlands, 'Shtandart' set
sail to Klaipeida for the first Culture Tall Ships regatta. There was
a strong competition with the Russian and Dutch Tall ships, but to express
the experience and the welcome in Turku with the huge amount of visitors,
we would like to repeat the words of the Captain of ‘Thalassa’: "Small
fleet, little wind, nice atmosphere, marvellous. For the trainees - an
incredible time learning about life, nature and communication. Being
at sea and being in other countries. An experience of a lifetime, which
is our duty to continue”. To this we have nothing to add!
Hard work (and fun) in Stavanger
was not much time for the crew to enjoy all of the activities of the
Tall Ship Race program in Stavanger, because they had a tough job to
finish. After 'Sedov' arrived, the crew had two days to prepare and put
the new topmast in place on the main mast. Under the guidance of the
experienced 'Shtandart' crew the new topmast was painted and lacquered,
and after the main mast was prepared too, it was lifted (by (wo)men power)
to its position.
The remaining job now was to lift the yards with the mainsail and topsail
and put them back in their position at the mainmast.
With the efforts of the Shtandart volunteers, crew members, and of course
of 'Sedov' for their help, the job was done! Time to party at the Crew
31st July Tall Ship’s Race 3 started in Stavanger. ‘Shtandart’ with
her new topmast and the crew were ready to set sail to Halmstad. But,
it wouldn’t be an easy voyage.
winds were 8-10 knots, north westerly – ideal conditions
for a race start. Unfortunately followed by very light and variable
overnight and Shtandart not making any headway towards the finish
line. One of the crew members sent regular updates, like 'We could
more wind now' and 'We're still anchored outside Egersund due to
2nd August the message ' finally anchor up and wind in sails' was received
followed by 'We've arrived in Halmstad' on 5th August.
but the atmosphere on board was great.
FRIENDSHIP + TEAMWORK = A GREAT COMBINATION!
On 9th July, 2 days behind her schedule, 'Shtandart' (with her 11 years-old
spare topmast) safely arrived in Gdansk where the crowd gave her a warm
welcome after her speedy voyage from the Netherlands to Poland.
there was not much time for the crew to relax since 'Shtandart' had to
be equipped with
a new topmast before the start of Tall Ship’s
Race 3 in Stavanger (N) on 27th August. What would be the fastest way
to transport the new topmast from the shipyard in St. Petersburg to 'Shtandart'?
happened from then can be seen as a perfect example that shows what
is important to those involved in the Shtandart Project: willpower,
teamwork and friendship.
barque 'Sedov' (http://eng.mstu.edu.ru/sedov/) was moored in St.Petersburg
ready for the voyage to Stavanger and to participate
in the same Tall Ship's Race as 'Shtandart'. The Captain of 'Sedov' did
not hesitate and agreed to take the new topmast on board his ship
and deliver it to ‘Shtandart’ in Stavanger. A big thank you
to the Captain and a perfect example of maritime friendship!
The next question was how to get the mast from the Shtandart shipyard
A group of volunteers of Shtandart Project placed the mast on a trailer,
after which it was transported across the city, lifted from the trailer
and, assisted by passersby, carried to the embankment where 'Sedov' was
A temporary make-over for ‘Shtandart’
Incognito’ was how Tsar Peter the Great came to Holland in 1697 and
300 years later the replica of his ship 'Shtandart' was ‘Incognito’ in
The Netherlands too! The Tsar’s intention was to ‘freely’ move
around and work on the shipyards, but ‘Shtandart’ had to undergo
a make-over to change her from an 18th Century Russian Navy ship into an
16th Century Dutch Expedition ship.
a part of the new 3D (Dutch)movie Nova Zembla, about the 3rd expedition
in 1596 of the Dutch merchant and scientist Willem Barentsz and his wintering
at the northern part of Nova Zembla, the beautiful carvings and decorations
of 'Shtandart' had to be removed or covered and the recognizable bright
yellow and green colours were painted brown. Furthermore adjustments
were made on the main decks.
In May 1596 two ships set sail from Amsterdam for one last Dutch attempt
to find the northeast passage to the East. The most experienced sailor,
Willem Barentsz, became mate on one of the ships and was in charge of
the expedition. After disagreements about the directions the ships parted
and continued their voyages separately.
In the north-east of Nova Zembla, the ship of Willem Barents stranded
in the ice. The strong southeast wind pushed the ice against the
bow and partly lifted the ship with the result the back part got
in the ice and could not move anymore. On spot (it was already
October) it was decided to build a house of washed-up logs and parts
ship to survive the winter. This house was called ‘Het Behouden
Huis’ (the safe house).
a 10 month stay on the inhospitable island the crew left the island
in June 1597 in 2 sloops constructed from wood that was also used
to build the house (historic recycling!). On 20th June Willem Barents
died during the return trip, but a group of 12 survivors arrived in Amsterdam
on 1st November 1597.
The filming, an intense experience with hard work for ‘Shtandart’ and
her crew, took place at several locations in The Netherlands (Almere,
IJmuiden, Northsea) with huge cranes and helicopters and in Schiedam
a dry-dock was converted into a filming pavilion.
On the last day of the filming, when 'Shtandart' was getting ready to
leave the dry-dock an unfortunate accident took place when the dock's
crane moved along the ship and broke the mainmast. Except for the ship
herself, there were no injuries, and the crew worked day and night
(24/7 inspiration of Rotterdam port?) to reduce the delay in departure.
With some of the decorations taken off the ship for the transformation
it became clear that after 11 years they need to be restored or replaced
which will be done later in the season.
But, after 2 days delay, 'Shtandart' was ready to set sail from Schiedam
with her recognizable yellow colour and a spare mast to Gdansk, ready
to continue her Summer schedule.
Eager visitors for ‘Shtandart’ in Hellevoetsluis
(by Anita Kamphorst, teacher group 5)
“Wow, did you see that? Real cannons!” Full of admiration
Bram (9 years old) stares at the antique guns. “Would they still
fire them?” Soon he gets the answer of Kate, one of the young Russian
crewmembers. She is the guide for the group 5 pupils of the “Baron
de Vos van Steenwijck” school from Rockanje, who visit the former
flag-ship of the Russian navy as a part of a living history-lesson. No
one is bothered by the fact the ship is a replica of the almost 300-year-old
frigate 'Shtandart', that is moored in the old port of Hellevoetsluis.
The group was already familiar with the ship’s
history. They were told at school about the young Tsar Peter the Great,
who was so eager
to learn from the Dutchmen how to build a good ship, that he worked,
incognito, as a carpenter at the shipyards in Holland.
The children felt like real seafarers when they were allowed to weigh
anchor, climb in a hammock, and to learn the names of the masts and sails.
Furthermore they were told how the cannons were loaded and that the
crew is only allowed a four hour’s sleep which seems awfully
short to the children. “And then they immediately have to get
back to work again? Poor guys!” They all consider the hole at
the ship's bow that serves as a toilet, as dirty. “Everybody
can see you, and you can’t even wipe your buttocks, yuck!”
A few days later, Bram saw with own eyes that Shtandart still can let
her cannons roar!
And how the children experienced the visit to ‘Shtandart’ themselves?
4 of them share their impression here below.
We went with group 5 to 'Shtandart'. It is a ship of
Peter the Great’s
in Hellevoetsluis. On the ship there were toilets, only not like ours
which you can flush. These toilets don't need to be flushed, because
it just falls into the sea and the fish will eat it. The crew slept in
hammocks. They had to sleep for 4 hours, and afterwards the others could
go to sleep. We were allowed to take a look on the entire ship, inside
as well. They didn’t have a clock but a bell from 1703. Peter the
Great used to sleep underneath a compass, so he could see whether they
were sailing the right way.
We went to the Navy harbour in Hellevoetsluis to take a look at the
Shtandart. We had an English guide. The boat was more than 300 years
old, but the one we visited was a copy. The older one had broken down
ages ago. We went to a lot of things, to the clock, to the cannons, also
to the bedrooms, to the anchor, and then we went home again. I thought
it a very beautiful ship, and there were a lot of ropes!
We went with group 5 to the Shtandart. And we got a tour as well, which
was sociable and informative. During the tour we were allowed to lay
in a hammock. That was funny. And we were allowed to lift the anchor,
which was pretty heavy. At the end of the tour we could look around on
the ship. After that we played that the ship was sinking and pirates
were coming after us, and that was great fun.
Goodbye from Floor
On Friday 27th May group 5 took an excursion to a ship.
That ship is called frigate Shtandart. The ship belonged to tsar Peter
the Great and
it’s over 300 years old! There were maybe more than 29 ropes. They
poo and pee in a round hole, yuck!
In the end we played a war game, and
we could take a look at the cannons and weigh anchor. The lady spoke
Russian and English! It was in Hellevoetsluis.
It’s a flag-ship,
and there was a very big bell.
RusPrix Award 2011 for Shtandart Project.
Project Shtandart is the laureate of the
RusPrix Award 2011 in the nomination "Outstanding
collective historical project between The Netherlands and Russia"
The RusPrix Award is the most important annual event in the Dutch-Russian
relationship which combines business with culture. The ceremony always
takes place in The Netherlands and is timed as close as possible to Independence
Day of Russia, which is on 12th June.
The main aim of the RusPrix Award is the encouragement of Dutch companies,
public organizations and individuals of politics and culture, who achieved
exceeding results in the development of business- and cultural relations
with the Russian Federation.
On 17th June, the RusPrix Award 2011 was presented to Shtandart Project
by the Special Presidential Envoy for International Cultural Cooperation,
Mikhail Shvydkoi, who is coordinating preparations for the Netherlands-Russia
bilateral year 2013.
Since the start-up in 1999, about 2000 young people have been involved
in the Shtandart Project. Being at sea on board of the historical ship,
trainees become a member of a unique crew. They work together, building
a friendly international team under the guidance of Captain Martus.
Shtandart Project is greatly involved in the cultural cooperation between
Russia and The Netherlands.
To support the implementation of programs within the
core activities of Frigate ‘Shtandart’, the Dutch foundation – Stichting
T.S. Shtandart -, was founded in 2009. The main goals of this foundation
are to generate funds for maintenance of the ship, to establish contacts
to strengthen historic ties between The Netherlands and Russia and to
promote the maritime culture and values of the two countries. The Frigate
is an example of the continuation of historical traditions of the relationship
between The Netherlands and Russia.
We are very honored to receive such an impressive Award and we hope
it emphasizes that under our motto - 'life is what you make it' - Shtandart
project, with the support of Stichting TS Shtandart, continues encouraging
young people to take part in the project and to become a member of the
international Shtandart family, either as crewmembers, trainees, crafts(wo)men,
staff or volunteers.
For more information and pictures: www.rusprixaward.nl
A fabulous event!
weekend of the 16th April was a special one!
Back in september 2010 on board Shtandart, my wife and I noticed the yellow "Shtandart"
flag was missing!. It turned out that it was very, very tired!
Moving forward several weeks and a beautiful yellow flag travelled many miles,
from Vladimir in Russia where it was made by the official Russian navy flag makers,
our base in UK
and finally a few weeks later, on 16th April, to Lelystad in Holland where at
on board for several important
guests and friends, we presented the Shtandart flag to Captain Martous, Els and
Raising the new flag for Shtandart was a great honour and a very proud moment
hope it sails happily and strongly with Shtandart for many, many voyages ahead!
Barry, webmaster and long time Shtandart friend.
A landlubber’s adventure on the Shtandart
When I visited the Lelystad Bataviawerf with a friend,
we were pleasantly surprised to find a magnificent replica of an eighteenth-century
frigate lying next to the Batavia. Even better was, that this ship -unlike
the immovable, hulking Batavia- was completely seaworthy and would set
sail that afternoon for a two-hour trip on the blue! It didn’t
take us very long to decide that this would be an adventure not to be
missed by two accident-prone, clumsy landlubbers, so that afternoon we
boarded the Shtandart, excited and very eager to lend the crew a helping
(yet unexperienced) hand.
The captain first gave us a crash-course ‘how to fire an 18th-century
cannon’, which appeared to be more tricky and dangerous than we
had imagined, not to mention much more strenuous, since one cannon alone
weighs several hundred kilos! The gun salute that followed shortly after
this explanation, left us stonedeaf for several minutes, as we had slightly
underestimated the infernal racket this cannon was able to produce.
buzzing ears were soon forgotten as our help was needed with setting
the sails. My initial fear that I would surely do something
stupid and/or clumsy that would make the entire ship sink in the twinkling
of an eye, fortunately proved to be completely unfounded. (For one, it
appeared there was no plug that I could accidentally pull out of the
ship’s bottom. To quote my friend, “It’s not a floating
bathtub, you dolt!”) Under the kind guidance of the crew we succesfully
helped to set several sails, and I discovered that this is not just a
matter of simply pulling a rope. It requires physical strength, precision,
endurance and teamwork, as well as a certain rhythm to ensure that the
procedure passes off smoothly. Before I boarded the Shtandart, I had
been told that in the old days seamen generally worked in 4-hour shifts.
In my divine ignorance, I had deemed this a pretty soft job: “Gee,
only 4 hours of work, and then a 4 hour break? Piece of cake!” However,
while lending a modest hand in sailing the Shtandart it gradually dawned
on me how extremely tough and strenuous life on board of an eighteenth-century
frigate must have been. Making a ship sail is incredibly hard work!
What amazed me even more, was how the sailors were able
to figure out exactly what rope to use in the seemingly endless jungle
of ropes and
blocks that dangled above our heads. To my landlubber’s eye, it
was one vast, labyrinthic clew of cords and ropes, yet the crew effortlessly
made sense of it all!
Although I had made a few short trips on a small sailboat before, none
of these trips compared to this overwhelming experience! The speed with
which we glided through the water, the sight of the billowing sails,
the pleasant scent of the woodwork, the fresh wind, the splashing of
the waves against the bow: all these things evoked an amazing, unique
sensation of freedom.
I could write much, much more about my afternoon adventure on the Shtandart,
but my written account would not do the experience itself justice. All
I can say is: if you are able to do so, then join the Shtandart on a
sailing trip. It will be an adventure you will neither regret nor forget!
few days after she send us her story, we received another message from
'landlubber' Esther to tell us that she would really like
a few days or a week sailing on ‘Shtandart’ to experience
what it is like to be travelling with such a unique ship and to get a
taste of the work that is involved in making the ship sail.
else is there to do than to take such an enthusiastic person on board?
Therefore on 24th April Esther will join the crew as trainee on 'Shtandart's
to Hamburg and who knows, she may be capable of returning with enough
experience to become a member of the Dutch voluntary crew. That will, of
be a decision for the Captain, so Esther: Go for it!!
How 'Shtandart' and the crew missed their first outing
On the occasion of the Open days of the Maritime College
in Velsen, ‘Shtandart'
planned to set sail from her winter berth at Bataviawerf for a weekend
trip to IJmuiden. Students of the school, a supervisor and local volunteers
were invited to assist the crew during the 7-hour trip to IJmuiden.
Once it was confirmed ‘Shtandart’ was going
to attend the Open Days, the students of the Maritime College were
asked to write an
English letter with their motivation why they wanted to join this voyage.
On 4th February the Captain welcomed six selected students (aged 13-16
years) and boatswain Zandbergen in Lelystad aboard 'Shtandart'.
is their story.
“Upon arrival, the captain had his doubts whether we would set
sail, because the strong wind was not favourable to get away from the
jetty. In the meantime we climbed the rigging and from the crow's nest
we had a fantastic view of the ship "Batavia" and Markermeer.
When we came down, the Captain had an ingenious solution to sail away
from the jetty. He shifted the ship backwards and by manoeuvring her
into a small, open area it was possible to sail away. After a while the
students went to the mess room to drink tea and prepare sandwiches for
all crewmembers. When this job was done we went up to the deck again
to help the crew.
we were out at ‘sea’ (Markermeer) we
were told that there was a problem with one of the propeller shafts.
The Captain decided
that the wind was too strong to continue the trip with one engine and
we all had to help to set the sails to return to Lelystad. A tough job!
sailing, we were invited to the Admirals’ Cabin,
because the Captain was interested to know about our future plans after
our education. Due to the weather conditions some guys were seasick.
The ship had to be moored with one engine, but luckily it went very well
and we could all go safely ashore. Afterwards we were invited to join
the captain and crew for a meal. The ship's cook prepared Russian soup,
which looked very special and one liked it and the other .....
the way back to IJmuiden it was very quiet in the bus and everybody
relished the memory of a great experience. The first
steps to sea legs
have been taken, for sure!”
Benji, Valentijn, Bart, Jeoffrey, Willem and Thom.
We are sorry we had to disappoint the students and organizers of the
Open Days of the Maritiem College Velsen (www.maritiemcollegevelsen.nl),
but we are sure everybody agrees: Safety first! We promise we will
try to come alongside in the future so everybody has a chance to see
how sail training is practised on board a replica of a 18th century
sailing ship. And now there are 6 young Dutch boys who got the chance
to experience it, and to tell everybody about it.
sailing trip for 'Shtandart' in 2011.
After some months of 'rest' Shtandart is getting prepared for her first
In (for West European standards) very low temperatures with
heavy snow and ice around the ship, the Russian crew members continued
to execute their jobs, afterall, they are familiar with such (cold)
circumstances. Parts were repaired and replaced, sometimes assisted
by enthusiastic local volunteers and the workers in the workshops of
Bataviawerf. With limited hands the crow's nest of the mizzen mast
was taken down and carried to the shipyard for repairs, a part of the
rigging was renewed, blocks and other woodwork were provided with a
new layer of tar, etc.
There is still plenty to do, but it's time for a
the 4th to 6th
February 'Sthandart' sails to IJmuiden. The Maritime College
in Velsen (http://www.maritiemcollegevelsen.nl)
organizes Open Days at their school to introduce their practical education
program to future students.
Teachers and (former) students tell about the maritime profession and
techniques used. Since the main goal of the Shtandart Project is to
use the maritime
background of the staff to help young people develop their personalities
and character the attendance of the ship is a welcome addition during
Who knows the weekend in IJmuiden might even bring us
enthusiastic trainees for the Summer program and Tall Ships Races!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Captain Vladimir Martous and the crew of frigate Shtandart! :)
Preliminary Sailing Schedule Shtandart
The provisional sailing schedule 2011 of 'Shtandart' is now available.
Please be aware it is still subject to changes, but we will do our
utmost to keep it up to date, so you will know when the schedule is
altered and you do not miss the ship.
Please click here to view the 2011 Schedule
Looking forward to welcome you on board (again) next year!
‘ Shtandart’ still on the move
in The Netherlands
dry dock period took a little longer than planned, but it was worth
it! Thank you, Maprom Engineering BV (http://www.maprom.nl),
the replacement of the propeller shafts. In a short period of time a
few parts had to be specially made in USA and after completion immediately
shipped by airfreight to ‘Shtandart’ in Zaandam. After installation
and successful testing of 'Shtandart', she was ready to return to Lelystad.
in dry-dock, inspections were also executed by surveyors from The
Netherlands and Russia with positive reports.
As a result of the delay it was unfortunate that 'Shtandart' could only
stay for a one day visit at the Bataviawerf and then already had to proceed,
not only to be in time for participation in a Classic Boat show in Enkhuizen,
but also some crew members opted to go home after working many months
was three busy days for the ship and limited crew at the annual event
'Shtandart' welcomed a lot of visitors on board, hosted a reception,
accommodated overnight guests while the crewmembers prepared breakfast
and diner for the guests, answered questions from the public, spoke to
the press, attended parties, and .......also tried to get a few moments
rest/sleep! The result was a lot of happy faces and many new friends!
assist the captain and (very) limited crew in bringing 'Sthandart'
safe to her next port of call, 17 students and 2 supervisors of the
Maritieme Academie were selected and given the chance to take part
in sail training aboard a 17th Century replica ship to their school's
hometown Harlingen. After instructions from the captain and a quick
exercise to climb the rigging and the yards plus an almost full tank
sponsored by the organizer of the boat show in Enkhuizen, 'Shtandart'
and crew were ready to set sail. The first Sail training in Dutch waters
with the future Dutch sailors was, no doubt, a very special experience
for both captain and the voyage crewmembers. Due to the extreme weather
conditions 'Shtandart' was forced to stay overnight in the area of
the locks, also to wait for the right tide, but as usual she arrived
in time for a special event in Harlingen.
An impression of their trip can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrT9VuDHZQY
Harlingen is nominated as host port for the Tall Ships Races in 2014.
'Shtandart' was invited to represent the Tall Ships and to give a small
impression to the town of what they can expect when the Tall Ship fleet
arrives in July 2014. On 9th November the mayor of Harlingen gave the
official go-ahead by firing one of 'Shtandart's cannons during a reception
on board. We wish the organizers of the Harlingen Tall Ships Race good
luck with the preparations of a great event!
On 21st November is was time to say good-bye to Harlingen and its citizens
and return to Lelystad. The tide was good, the weather fine, a
smooth passage through the locks and some extra local crew members
made it an enjoyable trip and in the early evening 'Shtandart' moored
safely again next to her big sister 'Batavia', where she will stay
till end of January.
Shtandart moved from Bataviawerf to dry-dock in Zaandam.
For 3 weeks ‘Shtandart’ was moored at Bataviawerf
in Lelystad. It was not just a friendship visit to the Dutch shipyard
them with their 25th anniversary, but also to exchange knowledge and
experience on building and maintaining historic replica ships.
It was the first time such an exchange program between the two organizations
took place. 7 selected volunteers and crew of Shtandart Project traveled
from Russia to The Netherlands to work with the experienced staff and
volunteers of the Bataviawerf in the workshops and on the ship.
After a very busy summer schedule ‘Shtandart’ deserved being
taken care off. The ‘Sthandart’ crew worked on her metalwork,
repaired and replaced the damaged planking, refurbished the mizzenmast,
lacquered the steering wheel and started with the outside paintwork.
Together with the blacksmith of the Bataviawerf, the crew made hundreds
of nails, which will be used to fix the planking to the hull. The Bataviawerf
volunteers replaced old, and made some new tarpaulins for on deck. Furthermore
preparations were made for the 12 days stays in dry-dock.
On Sunday 10.10.10 at 10.00h 'Sthandart' set sail under excellent weather
conditions and 25 persons took the opportunity to join the crew to bring
her to Zaandam.
would like to say a big THANK YOU to Bataviawerf for their hospitality,
friendship and great help during our stay. The stay in dry-dock was
slightly delayed, but if all goes well, we look forward to return to
Lelystad on Thursday 28th October. From 29th October till 31st October
'Shtandart' will be open for public again at Bataviawerf
18th and 19th September
Special News Item!
special event, held on board Shtandart on 19th September, whilst she was moored
at Scheveningen deserves a special mention here by myself, your webmaster!
Our very own Els, the driving force behind so many of Shtandart's
events, was honoured with a birthday
party on board with many of her close friends and family.
I have uploaded a couple of photos of the day below! But suffice
to say, the party was fantastic, the sailing trip on-board Shtandart
so kindly provided by Captain
Martous and his terrific crew was unbelievable! (hopefully some better
photos will be uploaded as there were some very keen photographers
present! You know who you are!)
time I visit Shtandart and take a voyage aboard her, I realise
so proud to be involved...
So, many, many thanks Els for inviting us and a big thank you
to Captain Martous for entertaining us so well with your splendid
ship and a big hello to all our new Dutch friends! :))
from the birthday girl: "Since 'Shtandart'
was in the Netherlands, I had the opportunity to combine two things.
First I had the chance to
invite my family and friends to celebrate my birthday in special way
and to show them the reason I neglected them every now and then in the
past 5 years. And secondly, I could do something for Shtandart too! Instead
of paying for a usual boat-trip or a dinner party in a restaurant I donated
the amount to the Shtandart project. It was a very successful experience
with some of my friends becoming 'Friend of Shtandart' too and others
promised to help behind the scenes. To show our appreciation to the captain
and crew, the group donated money for a special gift for the ship herself.
What is the gift ? Time will show ...."
20.09.10 – 10.10.10
Shtandart’ and ‘Batavia’ – Friendship leads
return to The Netherlands again for a visit to Bataviawerf in Lelystad.
Shtandart Project and Bataviawerf agreed
to a three weeks (exchange) program for volunteers of both projects to
learn about shipbuilding.
The Bataviawerf reconstructs
ships of the Golden Age that were important to The Netherlands’ maritime history. In April 1995, the ‘Batavia’,
which is the most authentic reconstruction of a 17th-Century VOC ship
ever made, was launched after 10 years of construction. After the ‘Batavia’ was
completed, a second project was started to reconstruct a replica of ‘De
7 Provinciën’, a 17th century warship.
During the 25th anniversary
year of Bataviawerf, visitors have a 3 weeks opportunity to, not only
view a replica under construction (‘De
7 Provinciën), and also visit ‘Shtandart’ and ‘Batavia’.
But, there is more; A photo exhibition "25 years Batavia Yard in
A lot of people might not
know that, almost 20 years ago, Captain Vladimir himself worked for
a short period of time as trainee at the Bataviawerf,
just before he started to build the replica ‘Shtandart’.
Next to his dream to copy Peter the Great’s ship, he also decided
to work in The Netherlands for a while to fine-tune his shipbuilding
skills, just like the Tsar did 300 years earlier.
For the ‘Shtandart’ crew
it will be an excellent opportunity to work under the guidance of the
experienced masters of Bataviawerf
and learn more about rigging, how to tie knots, work with gears, etc.
on historic ships.
More information http://www.bataviawerf.nl
19.08.10 – 23.08.10
(crazy) Sail 2010 – Amsterdam
10 years ago, Sail2000 was the first big maritime event
for ‘Shtandart’ to
attend, just after her maiden-trip to Zaandam. The best memory of the
event in that year was when ‘Shtandart’ saluted the clipper ‘Stad
Amsterdam’ while passing her in the Noordzeekanaal. Both ships
were launched in the same year, 1999, and came to Sail Amsterdam for
the first time. To commemorate this happening HRH Crown prince Willem-Alexander
of The Netherlands came on board of ‘Shtandart’ to present
the Captain a picture of that special moment.
With many VIP guests on board, the ‘Shtandart’ show started
at the Sail-In parade with salutes for Crown prince Willem-Alexander
on board of ‘Stad Amsterdam’, for ‘Götheborg’ who
now came to Amsterdam for the first time, for her Russian friends ‘Sedov’ and ‘Kruzenshtern’ and
of course to the City of Amsterdam. To make the citizens and (late) visitors
of Amsterdam aware of her presence, ‘Shtandart’ gave another
salute at 00.15h at night.
During the 4 days event ‘Shtandart’ made 13 trips offering
her guests the best views of the beautiful ships and in the evening the
firework show from the water. Thanks to the excellent teamwork and communication
between Captain and crew ‘Shtandart’, being escorted by hundreds
of boats and other floating objects, was skilfully navigated through
the narrow passageways of the event area.
The situation on the water could best be described as:
Maritime Madness. The crew, however, decided that the name of the event
should be renamed
into ‘Crazy Sail Amsterdam’. Nevertheless it was a great
experience, a wonderful event and therefore ‘we will be back in
Again a loud farewell from ‘Shtandart’ at
her departure from Norway!
seems to become a habit! Before ‘Shtandart’ set sail
from Norway, a little battle must take place. This time ‘Sørlandet’ was
the ‘victim’. Was it the result of TSR Race 1 or was it just
meant to entertain the many visitors of the event?
We found a special reporter, who witnessed the happening from the front
row. Thank you, Cecilia Taylor, for sharing your story and beautiful
battle of ‘Shtandart’ and ‘Sørlandet’
noticed that Shtandart was on the move. Suddenly there was this loud
bang . . . and then another and another, and that was
when I realised
it was our Shtandart having a little battle with Sørlandet! The
nimble Shtandart seemed to be giving Sørlandet more than she had
bargained for! Again and again Shtandart fired and the consternation
amongst Sørlandet’s crew was all too clear to see! They
were going to depend on the cannoneers on land. Meanwhile aboard Sørlandet
the situation was assessed and soon the decision was made for the cannoneers
on the quay to head for the ship.
asked me “Who won the battle?”
Well, it was probably more about the taking part, but you know, the thing
I am absolutely sure about is that Shtandart won many new friends and
supporters that afternoon. They turned out next day to wave her off
and crowds lining the quays. Goodbye Shtandart, safe voyage!
24.07.10 – 31.07.10
TSR: Cruise-in-Company Aalborg to Kristiansand
Here is the story of a trainee
who joined ‘Shtandart’ from
Denmark to Norway.
my name is Floris, I am 16 years old and live in The Netherlands.
10th July I sailed on
board ‘Eendracht’, a Dutch Tall Ship,
from Antwerp to Aalborg. It was the first time I took part in the TSR
and was supposed to return home after Race 1, but plans changed.
Aalborg I met the Captain and crew of ‘Shtandart’ when
visiting the ship together with the crew of ‘Eendracht’.
The day prior my return the Captain of ‘Shtandart’, Max,
asked me to join them for the trip to Norway. Since sailing and rowing
are my hobbies, I was interested, also because the first 2 weeks sailing
with a Tall Ship I considered as a good experience. After consulting
home as well, I could confirm Max that I would join them for another
week of sailing.
Everybody on board spoke Russian and some English. The Captain solved
this to introduce me to a buddy, Krystofor from Poland. We could get
along very well and spent a lot of time together on board, working hard,
learning a lot, laughing and during our free time we went to see things
on shore. It was sometimes difficult not being able to understand everything
and also the difference in culture was not always easy, but Krystofor
was always prepared to give me explanations and translations. When you
get to know each other a little better and open up, the trip is very
pleasant, at least that is how I experienced it. After the trip we stayed
difference between ‘Shtandart’ and ‘Eendracht’ was
quite big. ‘Shtandart’ is really ‘an old’ ship
with less comfort, but that was just one of the reasons why I wanted
to join. I
slept in a ‘real (bunk) bed’, while the other crew members
slept in hammocks. The best part was to climb the rigging while sailing
and overlook the sea. If the sea is restless, you can compare it with
a roller coaster with a regular splash of water.
When not sailing, we went fishing or I took a stroll in the village
where we were moored.
We had a barbecue, which was good fun with guitar and singing songs.
I had no idea what they sang, but that was not important. The atmosphere
I will never forget this trip, primarily because the nice creaking wood
give you the true feeling being at sea on such type of ship. I would
like to thank the Captain and crew for this unforgettable experience.
If you ever get the chance to join them, do not hesitate.
Floris van Bönninghausen.
Thank you, Floris, for sharing
your great experience with us! Your story underlines exactly the objectives
of Shtandart Project and that ‘Life
IS what you make it!’ The fact we could already welcome you back
on board in Amsterdam for the voyage to Bremerhaven proves you became
a real member of the Shtandart family.
13.07.10 – 21.07.2010
TSR: Race 1 – Antwerp to Aalborg
was a challenging 1st Race from Belgium to Denmark. Due to the weather
forecast the start was postponed 3 times. The unseasonably strong and
sustained winds created optimum sailing conditions; the sea state was
rough (waves of 8 meter!), but in a favourable direction, which accounts
for incredible speed. A good experience and training for the crew.
For a long time ‘Shtandart’ was in 3rd position, but crossed
the finish line as 5th. After the final race results were announced, ‘Shtandart’ ended
at 8th position, because she received a 3 times kick for crossing the
start line in Antwerp too early. Still, we are proud of her
and the crew.
Cars go to the garage for service, Ships go to dry-dock!
her anniversary visit to Zaandam ‘Shtandart’ spent
time in dry-dock to undergo an inspection on her hull and the crew took
the opportunity to do some repairs. This shows that the crew is not only
active with sailing, but they also contribute to the maintenance of the
ship. Both these activities are an important part of the Shtandart Project..
After 24 hours of hard work, the water flowed into the dry-dock and ‘Shtandart’ was
ready to set sail for Antwerp.
Upon her arrival in Antwerp, and after
two years of absence from the Tall Ships Races, ‘Shtandart’ and
her crew received a warm welcome from the TSR organization. She was ready
to take up the challenge!
more new images here!
Anniversary trip of ‘Shtandart’ to
10-years ago (on 5th July 2000 )‘Shtandart’ arrived
on her maiden-trip in Zaandam. A very good reason to visit again and
on 2nd July ‘Shtandart’ was
welcomed back in the town where Tsar Peter the Great lived in 1697 and
where he worked as ship’s carpenter at one of the 400 shipyards
in this area.
After 8 days it became impossible for him to work and live
incognito and he moved to the shipyard of the Dutch East Indian Company
in Amsterdam to complete his internship. To date the house where the
tsar lived is still conserved and open for visitors.
(We are preparing a more detailed item on Peter the Greats’ time
in Holland when the sailing season is over).
her stay in Zaandam, ‘Shtandart’ witnessed a special
event (called ‘Singing on river Zaan) and the historic ship was
surrounded by many special boats/ships having dj’s, and singing
passengers on board. The crew of ‘Shtandart’ was amazed at
the creativity of the ‘floating objects’ and gladly accepted
the invitation for the after-party.
departure ‘Sthandarts’ figurehead
was decorated with the Dutch colours. She turned out to be a valuable
supporter of the Dutch
Football team and caught in the middle of another celebration when the
Dutch football team reached the final of the World Championship in South
Africa. Peter the Great watched the celebrating crowd from his statue.
Next port of call will be Antwerp to take part in the Tall Ships Races.
Shtandart in Dutch waters!
arrived in Dutch waters this morning. Prior to the celebration visit
to Zaandam she is going to Scheveningen for a day. Next she is going
to the beach (temperature forecast of 30 degr!), you are welcome to pay
her a visit on 1st July at 'Havenhoofd'. Very early on Friday 2nd July,
'Shtandart' will set sail for ...Zaandam where she is expected to berth
at 14.00h behind the Zaantheater.
in The Netherlands and a Historic Voyage!
After visits to Germany, Sweden, Finland and Poland, 'Shtandart' is on
her way to The Netherlands. Here is where Peter the Great worked as a
carpenter at one of the shipyards. 10 years and 55.000 nautical miles
returns to Zaandam on Juy 2nd to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her
maiden-trip. Untill July 7th she will be berthed close to the little
house where the Tsar lived 300 years ago!
a very efficiently organized "Days of the Sea" in
Szczecin. In the morning on May 15 Standard went to sea heading for Gdynia.
Expected time of arrival at 12.00 on June 17.
Shtandart in Turku..
In the past weeks ‘Shtandart’ visited a few ports in the
Baltic Sea. Via Sweden, ‘Shtandart’ sailed to Turku, Finland,
where the ship took part in the opening celebrations of River Port. During
this weekend – Jokisatama – a program with a variety of activities
(museum exhibitions, musical performances, excursion) are organized to
show that during the early Summer period the city is already vibrant
and alive. Shtandart was one of the main attractions. After Turku the
voyage continues to Kotka to join the celebrations related to the Finnish
Defence Forces. Early morning on June 6, ‘Shtandart’ will
set sail for Poland.
Shtandart in Hamburg..
In Hamburg ‘Shtandart’ was present at the Hafengeburtstag
(Port birthday) event. ‘Shtandart’ took part in the sailing
parades and made the city aware of her presence by several canon salutes.
Thereafter she sailed to Flensburg to take part in the Rum Regatta event.
Captain's comment: "STS Shtandart took
part in Flensburg Rum Regatta, and even received a prize "For the
most colorful ship" :)"
Elizabeth Jones' comment: "What
should be mentioned as well is that Shtandart was the ship to start
the Regatta and added a touch of
history and beauty to the annual Flensburg event. It was truly a
wonderful sight, during the race as well as while the ship welcomed
visitors on board in the Flensburger port."
New pictures from Hamburg 2010!
After the Hamburg Festival which Shtandart was honoured to take part
in, we have many new photographs, at our Facebook page!
Please go to the link here.. to
see them all!
First event of the 2010 summer program
Hamburg ‘Shtandart’ was present at the 821st Hafengeburtstag
(Port birthday) event. During the weekend of 7-9th May a lot of activities
were organised on the Elbe river. ‘Shtandart’ took part in
the sailing parades and made the city aware of her presence by firing
several canon salutes.
During the 3 day event many visitors came on
the crew members were happy to tell them about the story of ‘Shtandart’ and
life on board an 18th Century replica. Some of the visitors became
so enthusiastic, that they plan to sign up as crewmembers at one of the
voyages this summer!
A shanty choir gave a performance on board, and
due to the long opening hours a lot of visitors took the opportunity
to stay on board a little longer to watch the tugboat ballet, the arrival
and departure of the cruise-ships and the fireworks from first row.
Next port of call: Flensburg.
Shtandart departs for Denmark
27th April at 10.00 a.m. ‘Shtandart’ departed from Norway
and set sail for Denmark, where she is expected to arrive on 29th April
(14.00hr). Currently there are 16 crew members on board, including Russian
and Norwegian volunteers.
the days prior to her departure, the ship was moored in Oslo and encountered
some interesting events and meetings. ‘Shtandart’ took
part in battles with two Danish sailing ships. In the heart of Oslo
scenes were re-enacted from the history of the famous Norwegian Sailor
Tordenskelda. The weather was perfect and a big audience at the embankment
watched the unusual ‘choreographic’ movements of the sailing
Shtandart's stay in Oslo, (not coincidentally)
coincided with the State visit of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
program was unfortunately
too tight to pay a visit to ‘Shtandart’. But, some of the
people in his accompanying staff had the chance to meet the crew on the
ship and learn about the activities of Project Shtandart.
Standart opened the sailing season!
Frigate Shtandart has opened a new season!
On March 20th frigate Shtandart switched from a winter stay in the port
of Sandefjord (Sandefjord), Norway.
Sandefjord we held tours, classes with students of local colleges,
training and navigation in the port of Stavern. On April 22 we will
call at Oslo, and from there out into the distant voyage, the purpose
will be the Danish port of Aarhus.
we are still choosing the volunteers for the summer voyage of Shtandart!
The selection process for the first TSR race will be based on the following:.
we will take into account attendance of
hours worked in the shipyards, as well as the experience of participation
in sailing Shtandart in the past.
A charity ball was held in support of the
23rd there was a charity ball held in support of the historic frigate
Whirling in a waltz, beautiful ladies and gallant gentlemen filled the
great hall of the naval corps of Peter the Great in a refined atmosphere
of the last century.
The funds collected at the ball were enough to cover some ongoing maintenance
costs of the frigate Shtandart.
you to Cyril Pyanichenko the event coordinator for the excellent idea
to devote the ball to Shtandart.
Thank you to historical dance studio "Trianon" and its director
Elana Tarasova for the wonderful and interesting dance program.
Thank you to VMI Club of Peter the Great for providing room and a final
thank you to the volunteers of the Project Shtandart for assistance
in preparing and conducting a beautiful event.