The “J.R.Tolkien” is combining the best of two worlds.

She has got the elegance of a yacht and the boldness of a tall ship.

We are selling our charter company with 2 sailing ships: “ J.R.Tolkien” and “Loth Lorien”, or each on her own.

The ships are based in Hamburg, classed in the Netherlands and sailing in Northern Europe.

In the winter season they are staying in Hamburg and offering bed and breakfast.

The ship is still under class.

The “J.R.Tolkien” was built in Eastern Germany 1965 as an icebreaking tug named “Dierkow” by Edgar Andre wharf in Magdeburg. The Dierkow worked for the Bagger-, Bugsier- und Bergungsreederei Rostock.

She was strip to the bone and refitted in 1998 as the topsail Schooner J.R. Tolkien.

Now she’s working as a sail charter vessel in Northern Europe and is one of the most eye catching classics in her kind. She’s licensed for sailing trips worldwide up to 36 guests and 8 crew members. Day trips are possible for up to 90 guests and 10 crew members.


  • Status: Available
  • Price on request
  • Location: Sport Cityhafen Hamburg Germany
  • Telephone: 0049 171 4764780
  • Contact: Contact AdvertiserWebsite:
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Designer:Olivier F. van Meer Design B.V.
Builder:Jaap van der Rest
Model:Two-Masts Top-Sails schooner
Year constructed:1965
HIN:9561 Z A 1997
Registration:Shipping registration Netherlands
Registry:Dutch schipping Inspection
No. of engines:1
Engine model:Daewoo V158TI
Engine hours:2807
Fuel type:Diesel
Drive type:Shaft drive
Length over all:42m
Length at waterline:
Beam: 7.80m
Maximum draft:3.10m
Bridge clearance:32.50m
Hull material:Steel
Hull type:Displacement
Hull colour:white
Deadrise:178 Degrees
Keel type:Other
Dry Weight:180 metric tons
Fuel capacity:8000 Litres
Water capacity:9000 Litres
Holding tank capacity:2910 Litres
  • Propulsion Dywoo 480 HP
  • Generator 50 KVA
  • Generator 12KVA
  • Bowtruster Hydraulic
  • Autopilot
  • GPS
  • Radar
  • Electronic Map
  • Immersat C
  • 2x VHF 1xMF/HF 3xHand VHF
  • AIS
  • Intercom
  • Console Rib 25 HP
  • 2x Compass
  • Electronic steering pomps
  • line throwing device
  • 6x flares
  • 5x emergency suits
  • 106 lifevest
  • 13 lifevest children
  • 3 lifevest baby
  • 5 life rafts
  • 2 MOB-bouy marker
  • Radar transponder
  • epirb
  • fire extinguishers 9
  • engine room fm-200

J.R. Tolkien

Whoever sets his foot on the J.R. Tolkien has the feeling that, somehow they have come home. Spacious and comfortable rooms await our our guests and you will find space for festive receptions, amazing parties, dinners or simply to relax and read with a cup of coffee.
The ambience seduces the visitor with warm, harmonious colours complimented with wood panelled interior and tasteful décor. The Salon integrates a bar which is even home to a piano.

J.R. Tolkien

J.R. Tolkien Captain Cabin

And when it’s time for bed, comfortable cabins are beckoning – they are not large but cosy and include WC and shower.

Jaap van der Rest

Van der Rest Sail Charter


F.E: van der Rest Holding B.V.
Van der Rest Charter B.V., cs
Wijnstraat 213
NL 3311 BV Dordrecht

BTW 8104.29.585 B01
KvK 33227393

Mobil: +49 (0) 171 4764 780