Alexander von Humboldt II has been sailing the high seas since 2011. Like its predecessor Alexander von Humboldt, Alex-2 is a civilian square-rigger offering Tall Ship voyages for everyone, regardless of previous experience. All you need is an open mind and a spirit of adventure!
Alexander von Humboldt II has been built with a traditional barque rigg. That means the fore and main mast carry square sails while the sternmost, the mizzen mast, carries gaff sails. In total, Alex-2 is driven by 24 sails with a sail area of 1.360 m2. In favourable wind conditions, she runs up to 14 knots.
While the rigging resembles that of a windjammer built 150 years ago, the safety and rescue equipment of Alexander von Humboldt II is absolutely up to date. Radar, radio and satellite communication, electronic charts, life rafts and two high speed dinghies make her a modern ship and easy to navigate.
Alex-2 is owned and operated by Deutsche Stiftung Sail Training (German Sail Training Foundation / DSST), based in the barque’s homeport Bremerhaven. DSST is a non-profit, charitable organisation. Its aims are to provide traditional high seas sailing for people of all ages, but especially for young men and women aged 15-25.