Star Clippers reveals the name of its next five-masted square-rigger, the 300-guest FLYING CLIPPER, due in late 2017.

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STAR CLIPPERS New Build No. 4, courtesy Star Clippers
Artists’ impression of the FLYING CLIPPER, courtesy Star Clippers

When she embarks on her maiden season of cruising at the end of 2017, Star Clipper’s FLYING CLIPPER will not only be the line’s fourth and largest sailing ship but the largest square-rigged sailing ship ever built. Measuring 8,770 gt, the 300-passenger ship will be largely inspired by the FRANCE II of 1911, which was at the time, the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship.

Rendering of FLYING CLIPPER, courtesy of Star Clippers.

Currently under construction at the Brodosplit shipyard in Split, Croatia, the FLYING CLIPPER will have five masts and 35 sails totaling 6,350 square meters.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Star Clippers was founded by Swedish entrepreneur Michael Krafft, whose lifelong goal was to have a fleet of sailing ships that carry passengers.  His first ships, the 2,298-gt, 170-guest STAR FLYER and STAR CLIPPER, were introduced in 1991 and 1992.  The current flagship, the 5,000-gt, 227-guest ROYAL CLIPPER followed in 2000.

According to today’s press release, “The FLYING CLIPPER will have three pools, one that funnels sunlight through the ship’s atrium into the elegantly appointed dining room (much like that aboard ROYAL CLIPPER). There will be a water sports platform in the stern for use when the ship is at anchor and a variety of cabin grades, including 34 suites with balconies and four luxurious owner’s suites. A restaurant in the light-filled atrium will accommodate all passengers for open-seating dining and a glass Dive bar for our younger guests will occupy several compartments of the ship. Regular guests will be delighted to discover their favorite hallmarks of all Star Clippers ships, such as the cosy library, the bowsprit net and the popular, al fresco Tropical Bar, where evening entertainment takes place. While the ship will have ecologically sound, high-tech engines, it will, like its sisters, rely on wind power and its sails wherever possible.”

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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