The tall ship MERCEDES was built as a fishing trawler in 1958 under yard no 1439 by Shipbuilding and Repair Yard “De Hoop v/h Gebr. Boot in Leiden Netherlands for Rederij v/h Frank Vrolijk in Scheveningen, Netherlands.
09 April 1958 launched as the HUIBERTJE SCH 242.
Tonnage 274 grt, dim. 40.34 x 7.64 x 3.56m, length bpp 37.56m.
Powered by one 6-cyl. Deutz diesel engine, 750 hp.
July 1958 completed.
She was used as a fishing vessel in the North Sea.
1970 Transferred to Cornelis Vrolijk’s Visserij Mij, Scheveningen, not renamed.
1970 Later this year sold to H. Tanis in Goedereede, Netherlands and renamed in ORA ET LABORA GO 5.
1973 Her engine was replaced by a 1500 hp Deutz diesel.
1980 Renamed in DEO VOLENTE GO 51.
1981 Her owner given as C. Nobel, Nieuw Beyerland, Netherland not renamed.
The same year transferred to Ijmuiden not renamed but the number changed to IJM 51.
1982 Sold to Sea Fishing Comp. Deo Juvante, Urk, Netherland, renamed in DEO JUVANTE UK 367.
1983 Sold to Atlantic Ocean Corp. BV, Urk renamed in ATLANTIC UK 375.
1984 Engine replaced by a Stork diesel engine, 2,000 hp.
1988 Sold to Atlantic Ocean Fishing Co. Ltd., Wallasey, Merseyside, U.K renamed in ATLANTIC A -FD 75.
2003 Sold to the Charter Company "Wind is our friend". Start conversion in Harlingen, Netherlands, to a brig rigged two-masted square-rigged sailing vessel.
Lengthened: tonnage 258 grt 48.3 overall, bpp. 35.7m.
Powered by one MWM TRHS 618 V16 800hp diesel engine, speed 12 knots.
18 Sails, sail area 900m², speed under full sail 16 knots.
Passenger capacity for day or evening trips 140.
For cruises 36 passengers.
2005 Conversion completed. Renamed: MERCEDES.
Sailing Area: Worldwide.
2019 Renamed in ROSSIYA.
She was converted to a luxurious superyacht sailing vessel by Balk Shipyard in Urk, Netherlands.
2019 -2020 she took as lead vessel part in “Scarlet Sails Holliday” on the Neva River in St Petersburg, Russia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_Sails_(tradition)
The following is given on the conversion to luxurious superyacht by the shipyard:
The SY ROSSIYA started her life as a traditional fishing trawler and has been converted by our ancestors into a square-rigged training vessel.
After having this commercial tall ship back in our slipway department for some regular maintenance works for already a few times, we were pleasantly surprised by her current Owner since they contacted us in regards to their plans for this vessel.
They started by explaining they were the recently new Owners and they had the ultimate wish to have a complete make-over performed for this already astonishing sailing boat. They were inspired by our newly build sailing schooner MIKHAIL S. VORONTSOV and the MERCEDES needed to be rebuilt into a luxurious superyacht sailing vessel.
For this conversion, the original designer Mr. Olivier van Meer was involved, and together with the Owner's team and the naval architect, we created a rebuilding plan that needed at least two years.
For the sailing area, it was needed to lower the whole sails plan by a couple of meters due to some local air draft limitations. Therefore the masts were shorted and the ras has been relocated together with all the staying and running rigging which were adjusted accordingly. Also, two sets of new sails have been delivered to complete the masts and sails.
Masts, booms, ras, and spars have been sandblasted and finished with a two-components superyacht paint system.
When the hull was brought inside our construction shed we started by stripping the complete interior and exterior of the ship. Tons of steel construction was removed from the exterior plan and a very clean and smooth deck and deckhouse were created with proper walkways. Stylish staircases were built to enter the central deck house.
To give the exterior a classic and superyacht feel and look the decks were finished with extra-wide and massive teak deck planking. The deck houses were cladded with teak wood panels in a traditional and classic way to complete the great maritime feel of the exterior.
Massive stainless steel stanchions and hand grips were made, again in a traditional way, and were installed where needed all over the exterior and decks, and in such a way they contributed to the maritime and classic look of the yacht.
In the bow section of the yacht a very powerful bow thruster has been installed. The commercial anchor winch together with the base has been replaced by a very yacht-looking high polished stainless steel anchor winch foundation which is completed by two Muir anchor winches complete with a break and devil claw, all shiny and high polished stainless steel.
The helms position is completely reorganized and upgraded to the superyacht standard.
The in the beginning sandblasted exterior has been finished according to a superyacht paint specification and a two components all-grip paint system has been applied under perfectly controlled circumstances.
Herewith Phase 1 of this astonishing project has been completed and after successful sea trials the yacht was finished just in time and she was ready to set sails for Scarlett Sails of St. Petersburg in Russia for which she had to fulfill the leading role.
Under her new name SY ROSSIYA she left our premises. We wish her a lot of fair winds and the following seas for the future.
2021 In service, Under Russian flag, IMO No 5156658. Equasis gives still her owner as “Wind is our friend” in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
https://www.scheveningen-haven.nl/yabbs ... pic=2398.0 https://www.balkshipyard.com/services/rebuild/rossiya Internet and https://www.miramarshipindex.nz
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