Majestic ship pops in for visit

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A STUNNING tall ship graced the Hartlepool skyline during a brief stay in town.

The Class A Dutch vessel Morgenster arrived in Hartlepool earlier this week where it spent time moored at the Deep Water Berth.

The two-masted clipper brig is a 150ft ship which has been a participant in The Tall Ships Races since 2008, but was not one of the 60-plus vessels which took part in the Hartlepool leg of last year’s event.

She was originally built as a fishing boat before being rigged as a sailing ship.

A spokesman for PD Ports, which operated dockland in Hartlepool, said the Morgenster came to the town on Tuesday after originally being bound for Whitby, but then being re-directed because of its size.

It arrived at Hartlepool where it stayed and used the Deep Water Berth as “a resting place for the evening”.

The Morgenster is a sail training vessel which can take up to 36 trainees and 10 crew on voyages all over the world.

She has a busy itinerary this summer which includes visits to Kiel, Ostend, Den Helder, Boulogne and Stavanger in the next few months.

This picture was sent in by Mail reader Stan Laundon who said people were watching the vessel from the piers off Hartlepool when he took this photograph.

He added: “I was a bit surprised to see it here.

“I always check the shipping coming a going and I overlook the bay and I look out all the time.”