The “Stad” is a recently built three-masted clipper intended for the charter trade, as well as a training center for unemployed young people.
The start of the year 2000 saw the birth of a new sailing ship: The Stad Amsterdam - a clipper, built along the classical lines of this type of ship but equipped with the latest technology. The Stad was the result of a joint project between the city of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and the human resources company, Ranstad. They built a ship for chartering, which at the same time would become a training center for young, unemployed people, to enable them to learn a new profession at sea.
The Stad was also destined to become a symbol of the city whose name she bears, and of the naval history of her native country, the Netherlands. In fact, it was decided to build a clipper, a type of vessel considered revolutionary at the end of the nineteenth century, a period of splendor for the Dutch merchant marine, which at that time was one of the great naval powers worldwide.
Clippers are light vessels, the fastest of all sailing ships. For that reason, the naval architect Gerard Dijkstra designed this 76-meter ship respecting the original drawings of Dutch shipbuilders in olden times. However, he outfitted her with the most up-to-date navigation and housing equipment. Likewise, it must not be forgotten that the Stad Amsterdam is a luxury vessel with all the comforts of a great five-star hotel.
A Training Center
The Stad is also professionally manned, partly by old apprentices. There is no doubt that it is an extraordinary experience to take up a new profession combining instruction and practice with the stupendous opportunity to travel.
She has accommodation for 36 to 68 passengers, apart from the crew of 25 persons. Likewise she has capacity for close to 300 people when receptions and parties are held on board.
Apart from having the latest in navigation equipment, the Stad has a 746 H.P. main engine, although the majority of the time she is under sail. For this she is fitted with 29 sails which total a surface of 2,200 sq.m.