On a voyage with Johannes with E.1. Claus Sørensen
Are you ready to have “salt water in your veins”, wind in your hair and a good story in your ears? Join us when the museum's fishing cutter, E1 Claus Sørensen, sets sail from Esbjerg Beach.
This summer, families with children will have a unique opportunity to go to sea with the Fisheries and Maritime Museum's fishing cutter, E1 Claus Sørensen, when we set sail from Esbjerg Beach.
The cutter will be transformed into a sailing backdrop as we tell the story of 16-year-old Johannes, who goes on his first voyage as a cook's boy in the 1940s. We follow Johannes into the fishing harbour, out on the open sea and to Skallingen, where we can spot seals if we are lucky. There will also be an opportunity to explore life below deck and try out various activities which relates to the life as a fisherman.
The voyage with Johannes is aimed at families with children aged between six and 14. The trip will take about two hours - remember to bring provisions and practical clothes according to the weather.
Launguage: English and Danish (see language when you buy tickets)
Depature: Kl. 12:30 (please be at the boat 15 min before departure)
Location: Esbjerg Strand
Duration: 2 hours
Adult (from 13 years): 230 kr. + ticket fee
Child (up to 12 years): 100 kr. + ticket fee
Where does the ship depart from?
E.1 "Claus Sørensen" docks at Esbjerg Strand next to the Museum Lightship, from where all trips depart. It is about 1 km. walking distance from the museum. It is also possible to drive all the way down and park close to the ship via Esbjerg Brygge.
Accessibility and convenience on board
Unfortunately, the E.1 is not suitable for people with walking difficulties. Boarding is via a staircase and the entire deck area is both narrow and sloping. There is limited seating up on deck, so you have to be prepared for standing. There are tables and benches in the galley below deck via a steep ladder. Assistance for the disabled or a wheelchair user can be arranged in advance with the help of the crew.
Food and drink
You are allowed to bring your own food and drink. We recommend that you bring a bottle of water for the trip.
There is a flush toilet on board the cutter. The toilet is below deck with access via a steep ladder.
Bring practical clothes. Although the weather on land is fine, it is always colder at sea. The weather can also change suddenly from sunshine to showers and wind. In the event of a shower, it is possible to go below deck and be shielded from the rain, but the experience is always best on deck with guaranteed wind in your hair - and in the worst case, foam splashing in your face.
Our skilled crew all have extensive sailing experience and consist of a mix of former fishermen and active seamen in the merchant navy. There are always two men on board - a captain and a bosun - looking after your comfort and safety on board.
The ship has a crew of 2 and can sail with up to 22 passengers. It is equipped with two 25-person inflatable life rafts and modern life jackets for everyone. Life jackets for children are also available in several sizes. Children must wear life jackets while sailing. Crew members are trained to deal with accidents at sea. The E.1 "Claus Sørensen" has been sailing for the Fisheries and Maritime Museum since 1978 without any injuries - apart from seasickness, which fortunately occurs rarely, as sailing is not done in bad weather.
As a passenger, you are covered by your own insurance.
Cancellation in case of bad weather
Planned trips may be cancelled at short notice due to weather. The cutter will not depart in winds exceeding 12 m/s in the mean or in poor visibility caused by fog or sea spray. It is the skipper's decision and judgement whether the trip can be completed. Prepaid tickets will be refunded in case of cancellation.