The city of Harlingen recently became the first foreign port to welcome the newly built German vessel Alexander von Humboldt II.
The Chairman of Sail Harlingen Foundation and the Deputy of Space, Sustainable Energy and Economy, Mr. H. Konst, officially welcomed the vessel with a presentation to Captain Ricke.
This was followed by troubadours, Bauke van der Woude and Campbell Forbes of Harlingen, with a Frisian song especially developed for the The Tall Ships Races 2014, called ‘de wynjammers komme’.
Students of the Maritime Academy Harlingen received a guided tour by Richard Tefsen, board member Harlingen Sail Foundation and master rigger of Alexander von Humboldt II, before the vessel was opened to the public to enjoy.
Harlingen Sail Foundation, the local organiser of the The Tall Ships Races 2014 - Harlingen, invited the vessel to vist signifying that it is a sail training friendly port.
After a change in crew, Alexander von Humboldt II continued her maiden voyage to Saint Malo, France, the first host port of The Tall Ships Races 2012, sponsored by Szczecin and organised by Sail Training International.
Photo: Alexander von Humboldt and Alexander von Humboldt II