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Motor sailing clipper
Year of built
The Netherlands
Length 30 meter 
Width 5,1 meter
1,70 meter 
Sail Area


Initially the RWS 1 started as a sailing vessel, but nowadays she is a ‘motor sailing clipper’. During the First World War two connected Kromhout-engines were fitted each 45 HP. After these engines several others were fitted over the years. In those days the vessel worked for the Arrondissement Hoorn of Rijkswaterstaat (government organisation responsible for the Dutch infrastructure). At the end of the First World War this ship took the German crown prince to Wieringen.


The name of the ship has been ‘Noord-Holland’ for a while but the last few years she sails under her original name:  RWS 1. This remarkable small ship with her classic lines is property of Rijkswaterstaat part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. She was built in 1912 as a vessel for the Board of Rijkswaterstaat, by order of engineer Cornelis Lely. Despite her respectable age of 103 years she looks like new. Rijkswaterstaat still uses her for official visits and occasions. The RWS 1 is always present at important maritime events in the Netherlands.


During Sail Den Helder 2017 she will also be present again. Due to her special character and representative function, she will not be open to the public. But she is definitely worth a closer look from the outside.


See website on this Tall Ship.

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