Ship profile for the sailing ship: "Midsummer"

Technical data of the sailing ship:

Ex-names:Energie VL181, Johanna Jacoba VL181, Helge, Bergliot Synnøve
Base port:Mombassa/KEN
Type of rigging:SCHONER
Type of ship:Logger
Year built:1910
Yard:Gebr. van den Windt, Vlaardingen, NL
Overall length:34.75 m
Length (hull):27.00 m
Breadth:6.30 m
Draught:3.20 m
Ship's hull:Stahl / Steel
Power:250 PS
Engine:Mercedes OM400 Diesel

Portrait of the sailing ship:

Last update: 24 Mar 2023

  • built in 1910 at the Van den Windt shipyard in Vlaardingen/NL as a fishing ship (logger), first name was "Energie VL181", registration for the Zuid-Hollandse Noordzeevisserij Hollandia in Vlaardingen.
  • 1917 sold to S. de Haan, Vlaardingen/NED.
  • 1926 change of ownership to Cornelis van Toor, Vlaardingen/NED; renamed to "Johanna Jacoba VL181".
  • used for fishing until 1928, then laid up on land.
  • sold in October 1933 and converted into a motor vessel without sails, but remained unused and laid up.
  • sold to Einer Nygaard, Århus/DEN in July 1936, converted to a cargo ship without sails, renamed "Helge", registration in Odense/DEN.
  • equipped with a new ship's engine (Alpha 2s2c, 120 hp) in 1937.
  • 1943 sold to A/S Danema from Risskov/DEN, registration still in Odense/DEN.
  • sank in January 1956 after a collision with a Norwegian freighter in the habour of Langesund on the quayside, later lifted and repaired, resumption of freight transport, mainly transport of fertilizers from Herøya/NOR to Danish port cities.
  • 1968 registration (STF 1213) in Kolding/DEN and used as a stonefisher.
  • 1979 sold to ship's carpenter Michael S. Kiersgaard, in Trønse/DEN near Svendborg/DEN rebuilt into a sailing ship, renamed "Bergliot Synnøve".
  • from 1981 used as a charter ship with sailing guests under the new name "Midsummer", registration in Gibraltar/GBR, sailings in the Mediterranean based from Venice/ITA.
  • 1995 sold to the Swiss company Midsummer Shipping S.A. based in Lugano/SUI; after a major overhaul in 2001 transferred to Schooner Midsummer Ltd., registration in Douglas/GBR on the Isle of Man.
  • 2002 registration in Veerhaven, Rotterdam/NED.
  • 2008 sailing tours in the waters off East Africa, overhauls in a dry dock, 2011 further work in a dry dock.
  • ran aground off the coast of Zanzibar in 2014, after the ship was salvaged she was towed to a shipyard in East Africa and repaired, due to unpaid bills confiscated by the shipyard and given up by the owners, laid up in Mombasa/KEN from 2016.
  • from March 2022 implementation of plans to save the ship by Drew Korek, removal and overhaul of the rigging, which could apparently be rebuilt in 2023.