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1800s-era clipper replica Stad Amsterdam docks at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal
April 16, 2012
A uniquely tall vessel sailed down the St. Johns River and docked at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal over the weekend: the 250-foot long Stad Amsterdam, a replica of an 1800s-era clipper ship.
Employees of staffing firm Randstad - the company who commissioned the vessel in 1997 -- are holding meetings aboard the ship this week. The ship made stops in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale before visiting Jacksonville, and on its next voyage, it will sail back to its home port in Europe.
In 1997, The City of Amsterdam and Frits Goldschmeding, founder of Randstad, agreed to jointly build and fund a sailing ship reminiscent of the great ships of the 19th Century. Randstad then selected and trained a diverse group of workers who not only built a great ship, but who also learned a marketable trade in the process.
The Stad Amsterdam is 250 feet in length, has three masts with the highest at 150 feet, and has 29 sails. It is an authentic and faithful replica of an 1800s-era Clipper.
The Stad Amsterdam is a classic tall ship, participating in races, parades and festivals around the world. But the Stad Amsterdam is also a modern, fully-equipped conference and entertainment facility, prepped for business meetings, cocktail parties or cruises in the Caribbean. For more information about the Stad Amsterdam, please visit www.stadamsterdam.com.
Randstad is the second largest staffing company in the world with offices in 40 countries across Europe, North America, China and India. At Randstad, 28,700 employees work at 4,711 branches and inhouse locations to employ over 576,000 on a daily basis.