The Mercator was a training ship, launched by the Belgian Royal Marine in 1932. It was used for the training of officers of the Merchant Navy until 1960. The Mercator was transformed into a museum in 1961, and is now moored at Ostend.
On request of those tourists who like the sea but hate the sand, the city has build this copy of a wave breaker on a little square a bit further away from the fishermen's harbour.
p.s. don't believe everything I say!
You can wet your pants without getting embarrased '-)
Well to my humble opinion... some of these are bound to get wet! hahaha
OOSTENDE ANCHORED....... which event took place in 2002 but it is always great to visit places near the seaside where there are ships in harbours and ports and often festivities....
A FEAST for your eyes and a great opportunity to take special photos!!
Also to taste fresh fish in the many atmospheric restaurants!
LOVELY PLACE FOR A shopping spree.....
I told you: Oostende is great, I often go there, yes, I know, easy for me, so close to my home town Middelburg in The Netherlands.
You cannot miss it arriving at Ostend. The Mercator Yacht Harbour not only houses the three masted sailing ship ‘Mercator’, it also contains many yachts. It is nice to take a walk among the pride of many seaman. More than 300 berths are available.
Being a place on the coast, it's no wonder that Oostende is packed with boats or yachts. Makes you want to just hop on and sail away!
In the center of Oostende you can visit the yacht harbour.Especially in summer there is happening a lot.
Sometimes there is a lot of activity here.When the fishing boats return to the harbour.It is also possible to buy fresh fish here.
The Mercator Yacht Harbour not only houses this three masted sailing ship 'Mercator', but it also contains many wonderful yachts.
It's nice to walk along the Mercator Marine and enjoy the many yachts and, of course, the sailing ship 'Mercator.
Iachthaven, to give it it's real name. The old three mast sailing vessel "Mercator" is moored here, trips around it are possible.
Many other boats here too, several are for sale if you can afford it!
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