On a beautiful location near Earnewâld lies historic shipyard “De Stripe”. The purpose of the Skûtsjemuseum is to establish and maintain a historic shipyard where historical ships can be seen on shore and in the water. Both inside and outside the building, a number of ships typical of this region are on exhibition; including a “praam”, “skûtsje”, “visaak”, “wyldsjitter”, “sloepje”, “melkschouw”, and more.
There is a display of photos in the exhibition room, as well as a video showing – amongst others – recordings of old skûtsje skippers. The use of skûtsjes as a means of transport at the beginning of the last century has meant a great deal for the economy of Friesland. This aspect is beautifully displayed. A large number of activities will be demonstrated on-site, such as sail making, rope braiding, mast and sword making and forging iron. The life of a boatman and his family around the beginning of the century will be illustrated as well.
There is a complete programme for school groups or family days, including a wide range of activities on the terrain: walking on a boom, turf stacking, jib raising, knot tying, hauling and beaming. A skûtsje sail tour through the nature reserve “Het Princenhof” completes the experience of the Skûtsjemuseum.
Photo: It Skûtsjemuseum