Our Vessel

The WanderbirdWe are proud to welcome you aboard the WANDERBIRD. She is a North Sea fishing trawler converted to a very comfortable long range expedition trawler. This stout refitted vessel is the culmination of our over forty years combined experience as professional mariners. We have drawn from our experience of carrying passengers on a traditional rigged sailing ship to create a custom design for your safety and comfort. WANDERBIRD is a combination of several elements: a traditional ketch auxiliary sailing rig, beautiful wood interiors with classic yacht design from the 1940s, a charming and cosy galley, the strength and integrity of a working fishing vessel, a fuel range of 6000 nautical miles, and capabilities for offshore adventure. We invite you to join us aboard this extraordinary vessel to experience the era of tramp steamer voyages!

The galley


  • Intimate Setting - 12 Passengers Aboard Our 90 Foot Vessel
  • Varnished Woodwork in Galley, Library, Dining Area & Deck Salon
  • Large Spacious Teak Decks
  • Ample Comfortable Seating in the Wheelhouse
  • Spacious, Bright & Open Galley
  • 6 Cosy and Comfortable Double Cabins
  • Private Head & Shower in Each Cabin
  • Observation Deck, Rattan & Teak Steamer Chairs
  • Two Small Boats for Shore Side Adventures
   Coach house
The coach house  

One of the favourite shipboard places for relaxation is the coach house. The coach house is completely protected from the weather, with lots of windows, beautiful varnished wood panels, a reading library, comfortable seating and even a traditional Danish stove. At night, the coach house is filled with lantern light, song and stories. Musical instruments are always welcome!

The below-deck salon is laid out in the typical style of a 19th century pilot schooner, with a warm comfortable wood interior. It was designed for educational films and natural history demonstrations, and can double as an informal classroom.

   Captain Rick in the skiff
Skiff: Photo by Onne Van Der Wal   

One thing that sets us apart from the big cruise ships is our "open wheel house". There is ample comfortable seating behind the pilot station in the wheel house. You can join us at the chart table as we navigate fjords, rockbound coasts and waters teeming with icebergs. You will enjoy the high vantage point from our wheel house.

Shore-Side Adventures:

We carry three boats that take us on shore side adventures:

  • Two stout & stable 7 passenger skiffs for exploring, each witha 25 hp outboard engine & flat bottom for dry landings in remote locations.

Our choice blend of old and new:

GalleyThe WANDERBIRD is a traditional styled vessel with modern navigation & safety equipment. Our engine is used to take us on our planned course, and sails are supplementary. Modern equipment is used for whale song recording and other safety/research purposes. But our loving restoration of the WANDERBIRD has retained the feeling of the old Dutch fishing vessel by using traditional materials wherever possible.

Her steel and wood construction combine the 20th century's highest safety standards with the authenticity of classic 19th century North Sea fishing vessel.

Safety and Equipment:

Owner operated, WANDERBIRD meets or exceeds all safety requirements for her class of transportation, and Lloyd's specifications for vessels carrying passengers: offshore First Aid kit, full fire detection & fire fighting equipment, high water alarms, Coast Guard approved life jackets, Coast Guard approved survival suits, 2 life boats, 2 buoyant apparatus (20-person capacity), inflatable life rafts, 2 each E.P.I.R.B., oversize life rings with emergency strobe lights, rocket propelled line launchers, full flare kit, 6 watertight compartments, marine safety & First Aid certified crew.

Wanderbird enginesNavigation & Electronics:

3 VHF radios, 2 radar sets, Sailor Radio Equipment, 3 GPS, wind instruments, satellite communications, depth sounder, forward looking sonar, SSB radio telephone, compass, autopilot, weather fax, Furuno NavTex receiver, electronic chart plotters, computer, and cellular phone.


Powerful Industrie 510hp diesel engine, three generators, and fuel capacity to carry her 6,000 nautical miles.

Safety First: Aboard Wanderbird we have a healthy respect for the power of nature, and passenger safety is always our main concern.

Coach House dining
Breakfast in the coach house


Wanderbird in the North Sea

Wanderbird was built as a classic North Sea fishing trawler by the H. de Hass shipyard in Maassluis, Holland. She was launched as beam trawler for the Jaczon's, a Dutch fishing family, in 1963 and fished until 1990. A beam or side trawl carries fishing nets from the side of the vessel.

Wanderbird in the North Sea

The Dutch have a reputation for being some of the worlds finest shipbuilders, and the North Sea has a reputation for being one of the most cold, harsh, rough seas in the world. She was built to Dutch standards and operated year round in the extreme conditions of the North Sea for 27 years!

Wanderbird early years

We chose Wanderbird for her ability to combine tough, dependable transportation with comfort, safety and 19th century European style. Her massively constructed steel hull and high bulwarks make her an optimal choice for safely carrying passengers in the North Atlantic and Canadian Maritmes.


The below-decks saloon


Length - 90 feet on deck
Beam 21 feet
Draft 10 feet
112 Gross Tonnage

wanderbird: section

wanderbird: floor plans
Deck plans