Belgium school ship sailed until 1960
Status : Museum ship
Shipyards : Ramage and Ferguson Ltd, Leith, Scotland
In fact when one said Ostende he means Mercator Model Ship . This Belgium school ship sailed until 1960. It was on board of this ship that the dead body of father Damien was sent home. This three masts ship has its interior preserved as in its original design.
Nowadays the Mercator Model Ship is like a museum where are exhibited maritime objects collected when the ship was sailing in different seas. While visiting the ship, someone may enlarge his knowledge about school ship.
However, Mercator Model Ship made her seventh cruise in 1934, sailing from Pitcairn Island. Most importantly, Mercator proved to be a fairly remarkable one to those preceding World War Two. That is to say, at the end of this expedition, two of the famous Easter Island statues, that had transported back to Europe on board the Mercator.
Nevertheless, In 1936 Mercator had the honor of bringing home the remains of the Flemish missionary and apostle of the lepers. Therefore, On February 21, 1940, Mercator set out for her last cruise before World War 2. Mercator, sailed to Rio de Janeiro and afterward arrived in Boma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.