Barquentine Mercator

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Barquentine Mercator

The Barquentine Mercator is a ship built in 1932 in the shipbuilding yard of Ramage and Ferguson in Leith, Scotland and designed by the Antarctic explorer Adrien de Gerlache, She was named after Gerard Mercator who was a Flemish cartographer. The Mercator was in service as a training ship, under the command of Captain R. Van de Sande from 1932 till 1955 and Captain R. Ghys from 1955 till 1960. Mercator made 41 voyages altogether as well as represented Belgium abroad multiple times and accomplished many scientific missions.

Gerard de Kremer was born in Rupelmonde, Belgium in 1512, he later changed his name from Gerard de Kremer to the Latinized version ‘Mercator’, Gerard Mercator started working with map making by helping with the lettering and assembly of terrestrial globe and went on to design his own maps. Mercator’s first solo map was of Palestine and his first world map was made a year later.

Gerard Mercator went on to create his own techniques of cartography and created some of the first modern world maps, he even developed the flattened earth style of map. His talents for map making was noticed by the local duke, for whom he made maps and navigational charts for, earning himself a title in 1564 as ‘Court Cosmographer. In 1578, Mercator produced his first world Atlas, which was based on Ptolemy’s 1st century “Geographia”. Mercator invented the name ‘Altas’ for a collection of maps.

Gerard Mercator died on 2nd December 1594 and was buried in the Saint Salvatorus Church in Duisburg, where you can find a collection of his work in the Mercator Treasury. Both The city where he was born at, Rupelmonde, and the city he died in, Duisburg, have public statues honouring him.

The Barquentine Mercator became a floating museum first in Antwerp and in 1964, it was relocated to the marina of Ostend, between the city hall and the station. The Barquentine Mercator is one of the most famous Belgium Ships.

Barquentine Mercator
Barquentine Mercator painting by YasminaBarquentine Mercator

Barquentine Mercator Contact Information

Telephone: +32 473 59 08 43 | Official Website |

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Ticket Type Price
General €5.00
Groups €4.00
Children between 4 and 12 Years Old €3.00
Children Under 4 Years Old Free Entry

Mercator Information

  • Builder: Ramage and Ferguson Ltd, Leith, Scotland.
  • Launched: 1932.
  • Status: Museum ship.
  • Beam: 10.6 m.
  • Draft: 5.1 m.
  • Speed: 13 knots.
  • Crew: 150.
  • Tonnage: 770 gross tons.
  • Length: 78.5 m.


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  • Hotel Ambassadeur, only a 5-minute walk from Oostende Beach, a lively touristic area with shops and restaurants. It offers newly renovated rooms with flat-screen TVs and a fish specialities restaurant on site. Check Price
  • Hotel Rubens, only a 4-minute walk from Oostende Beach, The accommodation offers a terrace. property is located 750 yards from Casino Kursaal. Check Price
  • Avenue Beach Hotel, Only 4-minute walk from Oostende Beach! Located only 300 yards from the sandy North Sea beach in Oostende, Avenue Beach Hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi in the centre of town. Check Price

Nearby places to stay at a budget price of £200 – £400:

  • Hôtel Bero, only a 3-minute walk from Oostende Beach! Hotel Bero is only 150 yards from the beach in the centre of Oostende and benefits from a modern bar. An indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a steam bath are available in Ninfea Leisure Centre on site. Check Price
  • Logis Hotel Glenmore, Glenmore Thalasso & Spa is located at the Belgian Seaside, only 50 yards from the sandy beach in Oostende. It features a fitness area and wellness facilities and offers rooms with a free breakfast buffet. Check Price

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Address: Mercatordok, 8400 Oostende, Belgium | Coordinations: 51°13′38″N 2°55′14″E

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The Barquentine Mercator

The Barquentine Mercator