About us

About us

For over 25 years shipping company Oosterschelde is well known when it comes to sailing trips, events and day trips under sail. A combination of good company and sailing on a beautiful ship; sail with us and discover the most gorgeous places all over the world.

Shipping company Oosterschelde originated in 1988 for the restoration and exploitation of the three masted topsail schooner OOSTERSCHELDE, aiming to preserve this extraordinary ship. The ship was built in 1917 for international trade and is the last remaining original Dutch three master

The restoration took place from 1988 to 1992 and became a huge success. The OOSTERSCHELDE was the first Dutch Tall Ship which was allowed to sail worldwide with guests. She is financially independent. By making voyages all over the world, the OOSTERSCHELDE has gained a lot of international fans. Due to her gracious lines, her impressive rigging and a perfect restoration, the ship commands respect. Restored in its former glory, the OOSTERSCHELDE sails across the world’s seas and oceans. Her homeport is Rotterdam.

The HELENA is built in 1875 specifically for the international Rhine trade. She is the oldest sailing barge in The Netherlands that still sails. The extensive restoration was completed in 2003, and ever since the ship makes day-sails in the waters around Rotterdam. During your stay on board you will experience river sailing as in the heyday of sailing on the Rhine.

The shipping company is a limited company. The only shareholder is the Rotterdam Sailing Ship Foundation. This foundation is a non-profit organization. All income generated with the OOSTERSCHELDE and HELENA is put back into the ships. The shipping company is an idealistic organization. The managing director is Gerben Nab.

The shipping office in Rotterdam looks after the interest of both OOSTERSCHELDE and HELENA. The ships are self-sufficient and financially independent by organizing sailing voyages, events and day trips under sail. Both ships are recognized by the Dutch government as monuments with great cultural and historical value.

Do you want to support the shipping company?

Supporters of the OOSTERSCHELDE and HELENA are indispensable. Thanks to our Friends, we can realise expensive restoration projects on our unique ships. Besides that, we can organise sailing trips and other activities for special target groups at cost price. Read more about the three ways that you can support the ships.