The Mercator is a three-masted schooner, moored at the Ostend marina. The museum ship, which was launched back in 1932, is located in the docks between the railway station and the town hall. It is a listed monument and probably the most famous ship in Belgium.
This schooner barque was designed by arctic explorer Adrien de Gerlache (1866-1934) as a merchant navy training ship. Built in Scotland and launched in 1932, the ship initially suffered a few construction problems, which were later solved. In addition, it was used for scientific observation. Apart from being a training ship, the Mercator also acted as a floating ambassador at world’s fairs and other ceremonies. During its ninth journey (14 October 1935 - 4 May 1936), the Mercator brought back the remains of Father Damien. As of 1961, the ship was turned into a floating museum and has nearly continuously been moored in Ostend since 1965.
As of 29 September 2015, the Mercator has been moved to a dockyard for urgent repair and maintenance works (which will probably last until 1 April 2016).
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