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Another old boat is the IJslandvaarder Amandine (Iceland Fishing Boat Amandine). Launched in 1961, the Amandine was the last Ostend trawler to work the rich fishing grounds off Iceland, and now sits in a dry basin with a plastic "sea," as a museum of the history and traditions of Belgium's Icelandic fishery.
LOCATION : Visserskaai.
The AmandineIn March 1998 the...
In March 1998 the renovation of the last Iceland trawler, the Amandine 0.129 was started at the old shipyard “Seghers”, situated at the slipwaykaai in Oostende. After the renovation, the fishing boat was put in a dry dock along the – also – renovated visserskaai in Oostende and now serves as an interactive museum.
The Amandine is 36 m long 6.7m wide, has a draught of 3.9m, a hold with a capacity of 65 tons and, a 510 hp industrial engine.
It can accommodate 10 crew members. The boat always sailed with only 8 crew members.
The catches mainly consisted of cod, haddock, blue ling, Pollack, gurnard, sea bream, large plaice and Scottish dab.
The Amandine had several very experienced masters, who prevented the boat from suffering major disasters.
On 3 April 1995, the Amandine made the harbour of Oostende for the very last time. Tahat day, its fishing career ended, and so did the history of fishing voyages to Iceland departing form Oostende.
The dry dock situated along the Visserskaai, across the Ostend railway station, is certainly worth to vistit.
The third of April 1995
The last day that the Amandine came back from her last trip.Fishing in Iceland was finished since that day.It took two years to make an interactive museum of the ship.In 1992 it opened.
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