A page from my ships journal: Jedna, Crew.

DATE:4-8  GMT: 17 27 POS: 56 07 N,6 35 E COG: 166  SOG: 6,3










“The lust for comfort, murders the passions of our soul”

A page from my ships journal: Jedna, Crew.

After leaving Copenhagen harbour under sail and smoothly we anchored further north to await the arrival of favorable winds.
Once we had anchored I was sent aloft with another crew member to furl the course. The wind was blowing strong and wet in the middle of the night. Course furled and then up to the t´gallant to help there. Getting to the t´gallant is the hardest section for me to climb, there are three shrouds but only one is set with the ratlines which don´t easily fit even my size 4 feet snuggly, this climb is also slanted, so you aren´t able to climb straight, especially when the ship is listing as the swell dips and bulges, it was my first time aloft at night, I prefer it, it heightens your senses. Up on the t´gallant I watched from above as they lowered the topsail yard, as it sunk below my feet I felt a higher perspective up there. I suppose the captain got tired of waiting for us to furl as we heard the command “Brace Around!” and I felt her reply as the yards began to tremble and me with it as I found something to hold fast to, then, she took me with her, embrassed as she braced square.

Last night between the sounds of bread bakers, bunk shuffers, snore grumblers and damp covers I managed a weak 40 mins sleep. I was awoken at 4am with the order from the captain to flake the anchor chain. The anchor came handsomely before I had the chance to open the floor hatch to where the anchor lays, “hold!”…but in the sleep stirred chaos no one could here me, f****** hold!!” and then they heard. So I squatted in the hole cursing under my breath while I did as I was told, then staggering on deck I was ordered to pull here, ease there and square. There is a good trick to make me pull like hell on lines with no sleep or the chance for a strong cup of coffee and cigarette. Once we were anchor up and back under sail our watch stood down and were able to sleep for a little longer, another pitiful 40 mins for me. Back on deck in the blink of an eye navigating through a busy shipping channel north of Copenhagen, we spent the whole of our watch tacking, trimming, squaring, and waiting to tack again. I really enjoyed this kind of sailing, its me and the new trainees for learning the lines and the process of the tacking maneuver without too much stress. Although we all had a memorable time in Copenhagen, its good to get back on the Northsea, lets go sailing!

Nicolas and Johanna are two new volunteers. They came after a succession of events !

After a long preparation for our trip (about two years), we finally decided to travel the world on foot. So, no gas or electrical engines. Our first objective was to reach Norway before summer to have a chance so see the Northern Lights. We arrived in Den Helder with the aim to hitch-hike boats. But first, we had to find a place to sleep and eat something. The coincidence made that we met Fieke at the supermarket. We explained to her our situation and she directly told us that the Nordlys might be looking for volunteers. After a little talk between us, we agreed to the volunteers job, only if we were fed. The next morning, after a quiet night in the forest, we went to the office, welcomed by Tristan, Jorne and others. We discussed around tea and biscuits about our motivation. A phone call later and we knew it was okay for us to stay ! We now have a great work and a room in the common house.

Now, after one week, we are sure, we have the same visions of social relations, free pollution transport… as the Fairtransport company. It´s a real pleasure to be volunteers here.

Urgently required

vacature crew NL

Klus geklaard!

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Met man én macht, een hele grote kraan, werden de twee masten geplaatst.

De munten liggen veilig geborgen.

Wat een prachtig mooi schouwspel en wat een voldaan gevoel!

Trots op al die hardwerkende helpende handen.

 Vandaag volop nagenieten en morgen weer verder.

De Nordlys komt eraan!

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Caulking Irons and Mallets

Next week Nordlys will go in the dry-dock of Teerenstra shipwarf to get her hull and deck watertight by caulking the seams. If anyone has some caulking irons and / or mallets left to donate to Nordlys and her crew we’ll be very happy! contact nordlys@fairtransport.nl.

Caulking is defined by driving oakum, cotton or general rope fibres in the seams of a ship’s wooden deck or side / hull to make it watertight. It also plays a structural role in tightening up the hull / deck of a ship and reduces the longitudinal movement of neighbouring planks. Click here for an explanation about caulking

Nordlys refit

A wishlist by the crew

We are working hard to get Nordlys sailing again. Do you want to help but don’t have the means to help us physically.. You can help us out by donating one of the following things!!


Get in contact with Alex:  operations@fairtransport.nl

Renovation of Norldys Picture Update!

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Nordlys Restauration project.

11 of June 2014 we have removed the wheelhouse of the Nordlys IV. Again a step forward in our renovation project!!

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Pictures by Gerrit Kooren

Wallbreakers: sailors with a double mission

These guys help us ship our products to their final destination… Using really awesome ships!

But they also have another mission:

With a message of peace, Wallbreakers will sail from Amsterdam to Berlin with several traditional barges this summer. We will bring gifts for Berlin and return with original pieces of the Berlin wall. The long journey is a tribute to the Dutch ships that sailed the same journey and passed right through the Berlin wall in 1987, two years before the reunification. Our message is one of peace and freedom.

Check out their website! http://www.wallbreakers.eu/nl/

Volunteers needed

Work on the Nordlys IV goes on now with lots of woodwork: new beams, new planks, new interior. For all this woodwork we need help from a carpenter. Also a cook is very welcome to provide meals for the crew!
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