clipper Mathilda was launched in Nijmegen, the Netherlands in
1896. At the beginning she carried all kinds of cargo sailing
down the rivers, the Zuiderzee and the Delta areas. Around 1930
this way of carrying cargo was no longer profitable.
The Mathilda was equipped with an engine, the gear and swords
disappeared. In this way she carried sand and shingles till the
late sixties when carrying cargo on such a small scale was not
longer profitable. The Mathilda was laid up.
A few enthusiasts discovered the ship. After a number of years
of hard work they managed to restore her original looks. Now she
sails as in her olden days.