The Mercator is a former Belgian Navy training ship. It took part in several exotic expeditions and, in 1936, brought back the remains of Father Damian, a Belgian priest dedicated his life to the plight of the lepers in Molokai, Hawaii. The ship was used until 1960. It has kept its authentic interior and is now used as a nautical museum.
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This late 19th century, three mast sailing ship was once used as a training ship for the Belgian navy and also had the honour of winning the Oslo-Oostende race as well as travelling on missions to various exotic destinations such as Easter Island, Rio de Janeiro, Pitcairn and Tahiti. Now the ship has been turned into a museum of things nautical which is open from 10am to 5pm. Admission is €4 for adults and €2for children (as at June 2012).
In the Yacht-Harbour lies the Mercator Ship. This ship is a floating museum that is always ready to sail. 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 took part in several exotic expeditions, most of them from scientific nature (e.g. to the Easter Islands, the Marquise Islands, Iceland and the North Pole area). The Mercator was transformed into a museum in 1961. The ship can be visited all through the year (Please see the opening times below, which tend to vary).
October to April: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
May, June and September: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
July and August: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Children (Ages 6-14): €2.00
Under Age 6 are Free
The Mercator has been used from 1932 to 1960 as a training vessel for the officers of the Belgian merchant navy.
At present the ship lies at anchor in the harbour of Oostende, where it is being preserved in its original state.
Since 1961 the ship serves as a museum.
visit the MERCATOR boat.
You can find this ship in the Yacht harbor and it can be visited as a museum, but the ship can also sail out. It is a 3-master, built in 1931 and used by Belgian Navy. Really worth a visit.
Don't miss to visit the tall ship Mercator.
It is an Antwerp tall ship, used to train sailors.
It is marvelous and it has tremendous sailing trips on it's palmares.
An audiophone is available in different languages.
Children under 12 years can't hire one, but it is quite possible to share.
You get a huge amount of information so it sure ain't a waste of your money!!! Get one!
VISIT the MERCATOR, a training ship and a lovely one.
It was taken into service in 1932 for the training of officers for the Belgian Merchant Navy.
In 1960 the ship was taken out of service.
Since 1961 the MERCATOR has been a Museum ship, first in ANTWERP and since 1965 in OSTENDE. The ships now is recognized as a MONUMENT......
The Mercator designed by the Antarctic explorer Gerlache as a training ship for the Belguim merchant fleet.Named after Gerardus Mercator[ 1512 - 1594 ] the flemish cartographer. Built in Leith Scotland. With a good wind could make 13 knots. Now a museum ship , so go on board.
Go onboard and explore this lovely vessel. I recommend this as a good activity for all ages (although people who have trouble walking may have a little difficulty.