The skipper and his mate used to load the cargo through the hatches – the wooden/ steel openings in the deck of the vessel. They are still to be seen from the saloon. At the rear of the vessel you will find an aft cabin where the skipper, his wife and their two daughters lived during the Second World War. In the front cabin the mate still has his sleeping quarter.
The lame arm
During the Second World War the vessel repeatedly came under fire, and was even forced to lay hidden near the town of Drachten. For many years the Zuiderzee sailed aided by a quaint propeller that was placed on the side of the ship, dubbed “a lame arm” which was mainly to give additional maneuvering capacity. For tens of years the ship was a motorized freighter, until an enthusiast bought it and turned it back into a sailing ship.