Nordlys (no engine) Possibly the worlds oldest cargo ship (1873)
As part of the Fairtransport Revolution, she is powered only by the wind through her sails.
Nordlys sails without an engine and is possibly the worlds oldest cargo ship (1873) still working. Nordlys operates in the European coastal trade. Originally built as a fishing trawler, she has been refitted and is able to carry a maximum of 30 tons of wine, olive oil, cider or other goods.
Everything is moving in circles, everything is rhythm. The waves of this rhythm are the universal heartbeat. Life on Nordlys - living the rhythmic pulse of the sea. This rhythm of life is moving forward in spirals. The sun, the moon, the stars and the planets are all...read more
Alive, living, liquid skin of earth Scores of rolling water made hills Tubes of side by side charging, swollen ripples Racing towards the rising sun Spilling into the golden light. The boom is being a sea-saw Hypnotically cutting into the choppy blue view Up and down...read more
My name is Barry Macdonald and I am a documentary photographer from London. I joined the Nordlys in Blankenberge, Belgium where she was unloading wine and olive oil from Portugal to make a photo essay about her work. The crew of 8 consisted of their Dutch Captain...read more
At sea again, I am looking back at the last port stay In Douarnenez. Douarnenez is, like Horta, a great sailingship port. From this town there are currently three larger size (for the industry) sailing cargo ships operating: Grayhound, Lune II and Gallant. Also it is...read more
Sailing cargo schedules
Position of Nordlys
Nordlys' Route will take her around Europe. She will travel from Norway to Portugal, from France to England, Scotland and Germany. Take regular cargoes of local organic Wine, Stockfish, Olve Oil, Ale, Whiskey and other goods.A regular, dependable service is the number one goal with this ship.
|Sign on||From||To||Distance NM||Fee Euro||Average days sea / port||Booking nr.|
|May 1 2018||Noirmoutier, France||Blankenberge, Belgium||527||€ 900,-||12||P0318No Sign on|
|May 13 2018||Blankenberge, Belgium||Torquay, UK||255||€ 675,-||9||P0418No Sign on|
|May 22 2018||Torquay, UK||Douarnenez, France||178||€ 225,-||3||P0518No Sign on|
|Leg 2||Noirmoutier, France||Douarnenez, France||€1.695,-||24||Leg 2Sign on|
|May 30 2018||Douarnenez, France||Scheveningen, Netherlands||490||€ 825,-||11||P0618No Sign on|
|June 10 2018||Scheveningen, Netherlands||Rostock, Germany||666||€ 1.050,-||14||P0718No Sign on|
|June 24 2018||Rostock, Germany||Bornholm, Denmark||114||€ 150,-||2||P0818No Sign on|
|Leg 3||Douarnenez, France||Bornholm, Denmark||€1.895,-||27||Leg 3Sign on|
|June 29 2018||Bornholm, Denmark||Copenhagen, Denmark||103||€ 150,-||2||P0918No Sign on|
|July 2 2018||Copenhagen, Denmark||Douarnenez, France||1028||€ 1.575,-||21||P1018No Sign on|
|July 23 2018||Douarnenez, France||Rostock, Germany||1137||€ 1.500,-||20||P1118No Sign on|
|Leg 4||Bornholm, Denmark||Rostock, Germany||€2.995,-||43||Leg 4Sign on|
|August 12 2018||Rostock, Germany||Copenhagen, Denmark||108||€ 150,-||2||P1218No Sign on|
|August 21 2018||Copenhagen, Denmark||Den Helder, Netherlands||531||€ 900,-||12||P1318No Sign on|
|September 2 2018||Den Helder, Netherlands||Porto, Portugal||988||€ 1.575,-||21||P1418No Sign on|
|Leg 5||Rostock, Germany||Porto, Portugal||€2.450,-||35||Leg 5Sign on|
|September 23 2018||Porto, Portugal||Torquay, UK||635||€1.050,-||14||P1518No Sign on|
|October 7 2018||Torquay, UK||Den Helder, Netherlands||383||€ 675,-||9||P1618No Sign on|
|October 17 2018||Den Helder, Netherlands||Bremerhaven, Germany||184||€ 225,-||3||P1718No Sign on|
|October 22 2018||Bremerhaven, Germany||Den Helder, Netherlands||184||€ 225,-||3||P1818No Sign on|
|Leg 6||Porto, Portugal||Den Helder, Netherlands||€2.030,-||29||Leg 6Sign on|
|Entire voyage 2018||Noirmoutier, France||Den Helder, Netherlands||€9.995,-||158||Entire voyage 2018Sign on|
More info about the schedule
To learn the true skills of seamanship it is recommended to stay for longer periods on board. To encourage you to make this decision the ship offers a discount on trainee fees of 10 % if you stay for two voyages and of 25 % if you stay for four voyages or more. (this discount does not apply to voyages in combination with daytrips or the full season)
If your intentions are to become an experienced seaman and to get the thorough taste of life at sea, this is your trip! During the journey you will acquire adequate seatime to file for a certificate of competency as an able-bodied seaman. (If you officially want to obtain this certification you also have to pass the “Basic Safety Training” at a registered nautical college.)
Date of signing on
On this day we welcome you on board from 8 pm onwards. A crew member will introduce you to the captain, the first mate (who will receive your passport and possibly your sample book) and the other members of the crew. We shall assign you a bunk and chest (usually in the fo’c’sle). Linen and sleeping bag are best brought from home. Before departure you will be assigned to the port watch (under the supervision of the first mate) or the starboard watch Incidentally the ship has not arrived in the port of departure; we shall let you know as early as possible if this is the case.
As a rule the ship departs on the day after signing on. With “all hands” the sail is set and the ship is made ready for the sea. You will be informed which watch stays on deck, leaving the other watch free to take a nap. The captain chooses the fastest and safest route to its destination. The captain and the first mate will instruct the crew. You will be involved in every aspect of seamanship from the moment you arrive; safety training, steering the ship, keeping watch, maintenance, setting sail and lots more. Depended on the weather, the distance and the kind of trip, the ship will arrive at its destination after a couple of days or weeks. This doesn’t mean the trip is at its end; the days after arrival are filled with instructive and interesting activities. The ship is prepared for port, cargo is taken in and out, there is some maintenance that can only be done in a harbour and the opportunity presents itself to go on shore leave. The route may be altered, depending on freight and weather.
NM / Direct distance
This is the shortest possible distance between two harbors. The Nordlys being a true sailing ship without an engine, this distance is rarely the actual sailed distance. In other words, the ship usually sails many miles more than the direct distance. At the end of a leg of journey, the captain will inform you how many miles have been covered in reality.
This is the price in euros for said journey per person. In exchange you sail along and acquire a practical education in seamanship. In addition to the journey fee, we expect you to take part in watches and chores such as maintenance, sailing, cleaning, steering and being on the lookout. In the fee are included the ship’s meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner and coffee and tea. Not included are transfers to and from the ship.
Average journey/port stay
This is the estimated time at sea or in a harbor. The ship being dependent for the duration of her trips on weather and wind, this period may vary. If the ship arrives ahead of schedule at its destination, the days in port ahead of schedule are part of the journey.
This number is a purely administrative number used for keeping score of persons on board.