Close to a hundred years old, the
"ALPHONSIA MARIA" is an authentic Dutch Freese Aak of 110 feet. It
was built in 1913 in Groningen (NL) and remained in service until
1998. At the time it transported cereals along the small channels
all over Northern Europe. During the past 90 years, the ship went
through various transformations as technologies evolved. First Alphonsia
Maria was built as a sailing boat. However, in 1926, the mast was
taken down to be replaced by an engine.