Tecla, registration number KW143, was built in 1915 in Vlaardingen, by de Jong, to plunder the rich North Sea fishing zones of herring. Launched under the name Graaf van Limburg Stirum, she fished as one of the last true commercial sailing vessels for 10 years before being forced into early retirement in Katwijk Harbour, Holland. In 1935 she was sold to Denmark and christened Tekla. She sailed the coastal waters of the Denmark transporting heavy grain, stone and turf between the Danish islands. In 1958 she was fitted with her first motor.
Tecla returned to Holland in the 1979 to be re-fitted as a charter sailing vessel. In 1989 she started her new sailing live as a charter–sailing-vessel with guests. In February 2006 the sailing family, (65 years of sailing experiences!) Bouwman/Sluik bought this beautiful lady 2006, and since 2007, they sail all the Tall Ship Races, like the Trans-Atlantic Challenge, and the Historical Seas with good results. This summer she will join the whole 2011 Tall ship Races. And you can be part of this big sailing family, just sign in!