The Albatros is a Dutch sailing clipper, now located at
the quayside of Wells-next-the-Sea in
Norfolk. Her skipper is Tonn Brouwer who
plans to use her for educational purposes promoting
environmental awareness and also as a charter vessel.
The Albatros began her life in Rotterdam in 1899.She was
built for Johannes Muller from Middelhanis Holland and
used to sail the Dutch and Danish waters. In 1918 she
was sold to Denmark.
During the Second World War she belonged to a Captain
Rasmussen, a Danish man, who used to ship grain from
Denmark to Sweden.
It was only after the war that it became known that this
had not been his only cargo. He also assisted Jewish
refugees and other to escape from Nazi Germany and
shipped arms to the Danish Resistance.
Her current owner Tonn Brouwer purchased her in 1983 and
had her fully restored. From 1990 he carried Soya
beans from Belgium to Wells-next-the-sea for a Norfolk
agricultural merchant. This however stopped
in 1996 when new regulations on the importation of grain
He was then chartered by Greenpeace as an environmental
study centre for schoolchildren.This charter has now
finished so the Albatros has returned to ‘her home port’
at Wells-next-the-sea, where the residents have welcomed
her and her skipper with open arms.