We have an endless and ever changing variety of craft visiting our marinas and, after a spell away, it's always interesting to see what's turned up in the mean time. At Royal Quays Marina last week, manager Matt Simms was delighted to see a beautifully restored Baltic Trader, The Kommandoren.
Built in 1891 at Karresboeksminde Denmark, The Kommandoren is owned by Hays Ships Ltd of Aberdeen and was visiting the Tyne to carry out some corporate hospitality work.
In earlier times these chubby little cargo carriers were frequent visitors to British ports with cargoes such as Baltic timber usually departing with a hold full of coal.Some ventured further afield carrying cargoes to Greenland and Nova Scotia.
Is it far fetched to think that The Kommandoren, like many of her sister ships, may have previously visited the Tyne and even Albert Edward Dock, now the home of Royal Quays Marina.......