Header-Bilder SEA CLOUD II Intro
Header-Bilder SEA CLOUD II Intro
Header-Bilder SEA CLOUD II Intro

"We want a classic barque."

From the start SEA CLOUD II was planned as a "genuine" barque - a three-masted sailing ship with two fully rigged masts and a spanker. SEA CLOUD CRUISES decided on a traditional, manually set rig, as was custom in the 20th century. During planning, reference was made to the 1908 standard work by Mittendorf on this topic - the "bible" for square riggers to this day.

It soon became clear: Even in the planning stages, the construction of such a sailing ship is a complicated matter. The regulations of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) played an important role, as did fire safety and stability regulations.

"We were practically pummeled by regulations", remembers Hermann Ebel. And the first plans did fall through: "With all of the exits, the SEA CLOUD II would have been a floating staircase!" But finally a path appeared: Ship architects drafted a hull and rig; and interior designers from Partner Ship Design in Hamburg joined the team as another important member.

Step by step on the drafting table, the SEA CLOUD II became a real ship - now they just had to find an appropriate shipyard.