Royal Clipper

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Royal Clipper
NameRoyal Clipper
OwnerStar Clippers
Port of registryValletta
General characteristics
TypeCruise ship
Tonnage5,000 GT
Length439 ft (134.8 m)
Beam54 ft (16.5 m)
Draft18.5 ft (5.6 m)
  • Masts: 5
  • Sails: 42
  • Sail Area: 56,000 ft² (5,202.6 m²)
  • Engines: 2 Caterpillar 3516 diesels
Capacity227 passengers (Max)

Royal Clipper is a steel-hulled five-masted fully rigged tall ship used as a cruise ship. She was redesigned by Robert McFarlane of McFarlane ShipDesign, for Star Clippers Ltd. of Sweden, the same designer behind the cruise company's first two vessels. This third one was built using an existing steel hull designed by Zygmunt Choreń that was modified by the Gdańsk Shipyard, where 24 metres (79 ft) was added to its length.

Originally built by Polish communist authorities as "Gwarek" she was intended as a floating vacation home for miners. She was sold because of financial problems. The Merwede shipyard completed the ship's interior in July 2000, whilst visiting the Pool of London, for its pre-launch to the travel industry. The renovations included frescography murals by Rainer Maria Latzke completing the ship's Mediterranean interior.[2] Her design was based on Preussen, a famous German five-mast Flying P-Liner windjammer built in 1902.

Star Clippers claims that she is the largest "true sailing ship" built since Preussen. She is listed in Guinness World Records as the largest square-rigged ship in service, with 5,202 square metres (55,990 sq ft) of sail. Her sails can be handled with a crew as small as twenty using powered controls.[3]

Royal Clipper cruises the Mediterranean during the summer. During the winter she offers Caribbean trips through the southern parts of the Lesser Antilles area. Because of her size, she can visit smaller ports that larger (motor) cruise ships can't reach. Transatlantic crossings are available between seasons.[4]


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  1. ^ "Ship ROYAL CLIPPER (Passenger Ship) Registered in Malta - Vessel details, Current position and Voyage information - IMO 8712178, MMSI 215813000, Call Sign 9HA2796".
  2. ^ Sheila Gibson Stoodley, "21 Ultimate Gifts: A Tall Order" Archived 22 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Robb Report, 1 December 2005
  3. ^ Wallace Immen, "Cruising on the winds of change", The Globe and Mail, 23 June 2007
  4. ^ Julie Watson, "Smooth Sailing", Forbes, January 2005

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