The largest sailing ship ever built will soon be launched and Croatia will have a special reason to be proud as she was built on the Dalmatian coastline in Split.
At the end of September 2015, the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit from Split signed a contract with Star Clippers Ltd from Monaco on building the largest sailing ship in the world.
According to Brodosplit, the ''Flying Clipper'' is to be launched in two weeks and will not only be the line's fourth and largest sailing ship but the largest square-rigged sailing ship ever built.
The newest member of the Star Clippers fleet has five masts and 35 sails and totals an impressive 6,350 square metres. She is 162 metres long, and 18.5 metres wide, with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes. The construction is made of steel, whilst the deck is completely covered with the highest quality teak. The ship has five decks and can accommodate 450 people, out of which 300 passengers will be accommodated in 150 luxury cabins, whilst 150 crew members will occupy 74 cabins. The ship will be powered by ecologically sound, high-tech engines, however, it will rely on wind power and its sails wherever possible, which will surely be a real treat for her passengers.
Star Clippers Ltd. has been present on the European and American market since 1991 when Mikael Krafft founded his cruise company, which is well known for ships that are faithful replicas of classic sailing ships.
The ‘’Flying Clipper’’ was largely inspired by the ‘’France II’’ from 1911, which was at the time, the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship.
The company’s fleet already consists of the Royal Clipper, the Star Clipper, and the Star Flyer.