The "Gulden Leeuw" (Golden Lion) is a fast, robust ship that can really sail. She’s a three-masted topsail schooner, and the foremast is also yard-rigged. This versatile rigging combines the advantages of a square-rig with those of a fore-and-aft rigged ship. She can sail close to the breeze and also run fast with the wind and seas astern.
Her atmosphere recalls the style of the 1930’s. On the one hand, expensive, rich materials, hand-crafted, decorative and luxurious. On the other hand, simple, functional forms that make sense for life at sea. The ship was built in 1937 and is in the process of being restored to her original splendor.