Local nameMercator

The barquentine Mercator was built as a training ship for the Belgian merchant fleet. She was named after Gerardus Mercator, a Belgian cartographer. She was designed by G.L. Watson & Co. and built in Leith, Scotland and launched in 1932.

Besides being a training a ship, she was also used, mainly before World War II, for scientific observations, or as ambassador for Belgium on world fairs and in sailing events.

In 1961, she became a floating museum, first in Antwerp and, from 1964, in the marina of Ostend, just in front of the city hall. As of 2019, she remains open to visitors.

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More information and contact


Official Website

Address Leopold III-Laan, Oostende 8400, Belgium

Coordinates 51°13'36.775" N 2°55'11.784" E

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