The foundation

To create the EOC Traditional Ships Fair, a foundation has been created to ensure continuity and value in the market. The Traditional Ships Fair Foundation has existed since 2016 and is in full preparation of the first EOC Traditional Ships Fair. The Foundation has no profit objective and will only deal with setting up and organizing the EOC Traditional Ships Fair.

Our mission

Increasing the reputation of Traditional sailing / shipping in and from the Netherlands. Through the years ships have come and ships have gone. From trade or fishing, and now they have got a new goal. For one ship this is a museum status to preserve a piece of history. For other ships, this is training young people in the maritime sector or sailing with adventurous vacationers. And some ships have returned to cargo after long wanderings. They all have a great story to tell and everyone hopes to reach as many people as possible. The EOC Traditional Ships Fair wants to bundle all these initiatives together. Together we stand stronger. Together we can give a great picture of what is possible with our sailing heritage. The EOC Scheepverzekeringen has been registered as the main sponsor of the EOC Traditional Ships Fair, since day one. This forms a solid basis for a good start of this maritime exhibition.

In 2022 the fair will open its doors again. You will find the fair in the “Kampanje”. Preparations for the fifth edition are in full swing. As soon as we have news, you can read this in our newsletter.

The EOC Traditional Ships Fair is organized for the forth time in Den Helder. The EOC Traditional Ships Fair (EOC-TSB) strives to become a meeting place for everyone who is interested in Traditional Ships and wants to know more about it. The fair hopes to appeal to a wide audience of possible world travelers who are looking for the journey of their lives aboard an ocean sailor to volunteers who want to commit to retaining the traditional ship. From young people who dream of exploiting a ship to older generations who would like to make another trip with their own yacht, or to transfer their knowledge to new generations. Also the youth who is going to visit a sailing school for the first time, or who is going to sponsor for the first time for their period aboard a Tall Ship. 

Various activities will be organized during the fair. Lectures will be held in the Schippers cafe – with various subjects. Presentations will be given on the exhibition floor about sailing trips on board ships. In building 66 and the Medemblikkerloods (next to building 66) various crafts will be exhibited in collaboration.  On board the ships in the harbor you are welcome during the day to stop by and watch. But you are also welcome to stay overnight! On the basis of Boat and Breakfast you can spend a night on board of various ships to soak up the atmosphere of the traditional ships. Are you not sure if you are coming? Den Helder may seem far, but please remember that we want to show you the most beautiful side of Den Helder! That is why we have chosen to collaborate with the Reddingmuseum, the Marine Museum, the museum harbor and the Medemblikker shed. Together we offer you a unique view and you can visit the museums (which are within walking distance) with your admission ticket for the fair and make it a wonderful weekend out! In addition, you can be guided around every day from 2 pm and get to know more about Willemsoord during our organized guided tour.

Need a little more inspiration? In short a few ideas how to fill your weekend – just a breath of fresh air on the Den Helder embankment is a 10-minute walk, Texel is 30 minutes by boat. At Willemsoord there are several restaurants and cafes to warm up or have a night out to eat. At Willemsoord there are also a cinema and a theater to complete the evening. So come to Den Helder – Come – See – Experience (and stay overnight!)

Dogs are allowed into the fair only when they are on a leash.


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