Delft and Museum Ships

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Delft and Museum Ships Feb 19, 2017
The oldest harbour basin leads into the heart of the town. It ends in the central market square and next to the town hall. It is surrounded by boardwalks which allow a pleasant promenade walk. This is the most beautifiul part of Emden. The most prominent building is the city hall, rebuilt in the 1950s in a post-war style but recalling the historical shape.

The old town hall, built in 1574-1576 by the Antwerpen architect L. Steenwinkel, was destroyed in World War II. After the war it was rebuilt in contemporary style but including the preserved parts of the ground floor and in accordance to the old building's silhouette. The town hall hosts the Ostfriesisches Landesmuseum which shows history, art and culture of the town and the region. For the museum a modern wing was added at the back.

Nowadays the Delft hosts a couple of museum ships and is used by small sailing and fishing boats. From the landing at the end of the basin, the harbour and canal cruise boats depart.

Three museum ships assemble on the eastern side of the Delft: the sea rescue boat "Georg Breusing", the light ship "Deutsche Bucht" and the herring lugger "Stadt Emden".

The light ship, built at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg during the First World War, was moored far out in the North Sea and served as position signal for incoming and outgoing ships. Since 1984 it has been out of service in the Emden harbour. It hosts a nautical museum in addition to the original machinery. A restaurant has been installed on deck.

The sea rescue boat was operated in the North Sea by Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (German Association for the Rescue of Shipwrecked) from 1963 to 1988 and has all in all saved 1672 people. It has been preserved in its original state and can be visited as museum.

Fishing for herrings has always been an important facto of economy along the North Sea coast. On one of the last preserved old herring luggers, an exhibition tells about the history of herring fishing.

The staue of a child named Jantje Vis recalls the hard life of the fishermen and their families, and the child labour in former times. The kid had to stand on the market and sell the day's catch.
Delft with the city hall and the m…
Delft boat harbour
Light ship "Deutsche Bucht"
SAR boat "Georg Breusing"
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