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The Antigua

The Antigua

The Anti­gua

The three-mast sai­ling ship Anti­gua was built in 1957 in Thor­ne (UK) and sai­led as a fishing ves­sel in her ear­ly years, until she was purcha­sed in the ear­ly 1990s by Dut­ch tall­ship enthu­si­asts and re-fit­ted tho­rough­ly as a bar­ken­ti­ne for pas­sen­ger traf­fic.

Sin­ce then, the Anti­gua has got  16 twin pas­sen­ger cabins, each with indi­vi­du­al toi­let and sho­wer and a small port­ho­le (the two front cabins have the port­ho­le actual­ly in the bathroom). The Anti­gua is a regu­lar sight in Spitsbergen’s fjords sin­ce 2009.

Occa­sio­nal­ly, the crew will need your − the pas­sen­gers’ − help during sai­ling mane­ouvres. Up to 32 pas­sen­gers share the­se litt­le duties, and as a result, you as indi­vi­du­al will expe­ri­ence this as part of the adven­ture rather than a bur­den. Sai­ling expe­ri­ence is not necessa­ry, as the crew will always be the­re to super­vi­se..

Anti­gua at Mof­fen, at the north coast of Spits­ber­gen

Antigua at Moffen, at the north coast of  Spitsbergen

Some details:

Home portFran­eker near Har­lin­gen (NL)
The nau­ti­cal crew7 per­sons, most­ly Dut­ch and Ger­mans (Cap­tain, navi­ga­tors, deck/service crew).
Expe­di­ti­on Leader/GuideI - Rolf Stan­ge - will be Expe­di­ti­on Lea­der on my own depar­tures. Addi­tio­nal­ly, the­re is an expe­ri­en­ced, know­led­ge­ab­le guide/lecturer.
Board lan­guageThe voya­ges orga­ni­zed by Rolf Stan­ge and Geo-RG with SV Anti­gua are Ger­man spea­king! All crew mem­bers speak Eng­lish, most of them also Dut­ch and/or Ger­man.
Electri­ci­ty220 V with Euro­pean stan­dard plug.
Length (com­ple­te)49.50 metres
Width7.13 metres
Draft3.10 metres
Maxi­mum sail area750 m2
Main engi­neCum­mins 400 PS
Speed5-7 knots, depen­ding on cur­r­ents & wea­ther
Bow thrus­terYes
Cer­ti­fi­ca­te num­ber9336ZZ
Pas­sen­ger cabins16 twin cabins, each with toi­let and sho­wer. The cabins will most likely be smal­ler than your home 🙂

Pho­to gal­le­ry Anti­gua

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With good wind, we can make 8 knots under sail. Then we need hands on deck. If you want to, you can also hand­le the stee­ring wheel under super­vi­si­on. The crew is taking care of more dif­fi­cult ope­ra­ti­ons.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Click on thumb­nail to open an enlar­ged ver­si­on of the spe­ci­fic pho­to.

Clim­bing up to the crow's nest is an expe­ri­ence you shouldn't miss - afer some inst­ruc­tions and secu­red with a harness.

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We use the small boat for our lan­dings. A pie­ce of cake in calm con­di­ti­ons; other­wi­se it can be a bit wet. Rocky coasts are more deman­ding.

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The Anti­gua is obvious­ly not an ice­brea­ker, but she is a tough nut and small enough to get through the smal­lest holes...

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The 'Fly­ing Dut­ch­man' - Anti­gua in evening light at a wal­rus colo­ney (lovely, isn't it?) - lec­tu­re insi­de

Any ques­ti­ons? Inte­rest? Plea­se do not hesi­ta­te to get in touch: Con­ta­ct.

Pan­ora­mas of the Anti­gua as a vir­tu­al tour / Pan­or­amic Tour



  1. Anti­gua: salon
  2. Anti­gua: salon
  3. Anti­gua: twin cabin
  4. Anti­gua: ano­t­her twin cabin
  5. Anti­gua: gal­ley
  6. Anti­gua: engi­ne room

Below fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on on the dif­fe­rent sta­ti­ons:

Anti­gua: Salon

The salon is the heart of the ship for the group: this is whe­re ever­y­bo­dy meets, here we have our meals, here we have a beer in the evening (unless it is nicer out­side), this is the place for infor­ma­ti­on and pre­sen­ta­ti­ons.

Anti­gua: Salon

The salon from a dif­fe­rent per­spec­ti­ve. Ever­y­bo­dy can find a seat here at the same time.

Anti­gua: twin cabin

One of the 16 twin cabins for guests. Every cabin has bunk beds and a litt­le bathroom with toi­let and sho­wer. Space is limi­ted, but enough and com­pa­red to sai­ling ship stan­dards the cabins are almost spa­cious ☺

Anti­gua: ano­t­her twin cabin

Ano­t­her twin cabin. From 2016, some of the cabins will be dif­fe­rent: 8 out of 16 cabins will be a bit lar­ger. They will then have two nor­mal beds rather than bunk beds.

Anti­gua: gal­ley

The gal­ley. Always ama­zing what they can do in the­re. Bre­ak­fast, lunch and din­ner are ser­ved as a buf­fet. Some­ti­mes, the­re is even fresh cake in the after­noon ☺ or ever­ything we need for packed lunch in case we ven­ture on a lon­ger tour.

Anti­gua: engi­ne room

The engi­ne room. Even a sai­ling ship needs one the­se days. The engi­ne can pro­pel Anti­gua ahead with 7-8 knots. But sai­ling is obvious­ly nicer, and some­ti­mes even fas­ter.



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last modification: 2015-10-30 · copyright: Rolf Stange