The “Wylde Swan” is a 2-masted topsail schooner, the largest in the world of her type.


  • Sailing countries: Greenland Greenland Iceland Iceland ...and other
  • Year built: 1920
  • Year renovated: Total refit - 2010
  • Max guests: 26
  • Number of crew: 12-14
  • Length over all: 62 m
  • Max guests: 26

She was originally built by HDW in Kiel (Germany) in 1920 as a steam ship and spent her first years transporting herring to the German markets to get the best selling prices. She was called “Jemo” back then.

During the 20th century the “herring hunter” changed owners a few times (she went to Latvia, Norway, and to the Netherlands) and was eventually decommissioned until Willem Slighting from Makkum (the Netherlands) saw her and realised she had some potential to become a fast tall ship.

Her second life as tall ship began in 2010 when she was re-fitted and re-launched. The ship is now 62 meters long, carries 7 sails (1.130 sq.m in total) and is equipped with a powerful diesel engine. Her home port is Makkum (in the Netherlands) and her permanent crew consists of 12-14 people. The schooner can accommodate 36 trainees onboard.

Since 2010, the “Wylde Swan” sailed many miles both in the European waters and internationally. She took part in various tall ships’ races and offered many leadership training programmes to both businesses and individuals. These events usually take part in summer (June to October), the rest of the year (October to June) the ship spends in the Carribean with the Masterskip programme.