association 'Het Zeilend Schoolschip' was brought into life in 1938
to promote sail training on large ships amongst Dutch youth. In 1973
it was renamed into 'Het Zeilend Zeeschip'. This organization is the
authority that commissioned the built and was the shipping company
of the first ship in 1974; the two-mast schooner the Eendracht.
Recreational sea sailing became increasingly popular and the
capacity of the Eendracht was no longer sufficient. Therefore, after
15 years of loyal service, the ship was passed on to the German
Clipper shipping company that put the ship into service under the
name of Johann Smidt. After that a larger three-mast schooner was
built at Damen Shipyards also named 'Eendracht'. This vessel was put
into service in 1989 and sails as a training vessel ever since.