De bruine vloot is the designation for professional passenger (charter) shipping with traditional sailing ships and motor ships in the Netherlands.

The fleet consists of more than 500 ships, with which freight was transported in the past. These ships can now be used for sailing holidays ranging from one day to more than four weeks. The term refers to the original color of the sails on these ships. The color was created by waving sails with cashew.

Most of these ships are flat-bottomed and round-built, but other types such as the river clipper are also included. Often all sailing monuments are seen as “Brown Fleet”, but certainly not all historical ships are still used professionally. Ships of the fleet mainly sail on the Markermeer, the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea.


Harlinger fleet: Harlinger fleet The Harlinger fleet has, as indicated, Harlingen as its home port. In addition to Harlingen you will also find the brown sails in the beautiful harbors around the IJsselmeer.

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Gemeentehuis van Harlingen