“Staadskanal Shipyards” from Zaandam, Holland, built the schooner in 1902. Originally a cargo ship, the Adelaar sailed between England, Sweden, Norway and Russia, propelled only by the wind blowing into heavy canvas sails. In fact, the historic sailboat’s log book, documenting Adelaar’s early history is exhibited at the “Scheepsmuseum” in Groningen, Holland.
Later during World War II, She was confiscated by the Germans and used to transport war goods. Shortly after, the once proud and peaceful sailing Adelaar was renamed “Heimatland”. After the war, the German Captain Thimian sailed her along the Baltic Sea, as a cargo vessel once again. The masts were removed, and her first diesel engine was installed in 1954.