FISHING HISTORY AND SEA VOYAGES
To understand Ostend, you need to know about its history as a port and its long tradition of sea fishing. To unravel the mystery, head to the Amandine, an old fishing boat that has been restored into a museum. On the 3rd of April, 1995, the Amandine sailed her final voyage and dropped anchor for the last time in Ostend port, turning a page in local fishing history. It’s the final Flemish vessel to fish in Icelandic waters. Once, Ostend sailors set off to those icy waters for months, sometimes risking their lives. After over a decade of rest, Armandine has enjoyed a new lease of life. Today, the ship traces the history of Icelandic fishing and the fisherman’s lives onboard through interactive exhibits and a 15-minute film. A peaceful retirement for this fishing trawler, which was once thrown about in the waves and now rests in Ostend. Why not take to the seas? Captain Blue tours take you from Ostend port to the open sea, amongst the fisherman, sailing boats and seagulls. Enjoy some sea air and see the city from a different perspective.