Morgenster was launched in 1919 as a herring lugger “Vrouw Maria” SCH 324 for the fishing company den Dulk. She was built at the shipyard Boot in Alphen.
In 1927 she was motorised (200 HP La Meuse) and extended for another 7 meters. There she got her new name “Morgenster”. She continued as a motorised fishing vessel until 1970. Due to certification requirements, she became unviable as a commercial fishing boat and was sold to Jaq Vrolijk who used her for sportfishing day trips.
She was sold to a Rotterdam-based singer who intended to use her as a pirate radio vessel but fell into disrepair when he was prosecuted.
In 1983 Marian and Harry Muter bought the Morgenster. The ship was towed to Zijkanaal B near the lovely little village of Spaarndam for serious repairs and maintenance. After selling their other boat STV “Jantje” in 2005, Marian and Harry had the opportunity to work on Morgenster full-time.
Finally, in June 2008 she was formally relaunched by the very sympathetic Dutch Cabinet Minister Maria van der Hoeve.
The relaunched Morgenster proved to be a fine vessel, fast enough to be exciting in all sorts of weather yet easy to handle.
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