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Sep 18, '20

Childhood Memories

I as Kurt had many a vacation in Binz such that it well within my soul memory.

It is situated between the bay of Prorer Wiek and the Schmachter See (a lake) in the southeast of the island. To the north of Binz stretches the Schmale Heide (the "narrow heath"), a tongue of land which joins the Muttland region of Rügen to the Jasmund peninsula. The land to the south and east of Binz is hilly, reaching a height of over 100 metres above sea level.

Binz is famous for its charming and well-kept historical resort architecture and the natural scenery, close to the Jasmund National Park and its chalk cliffs.


Fishing and farming village Edit

In 1318 the places was mentioned for the first time, as Byntze , in a tax collection document for the County of Streu (Grafschaft Streu). The heart of the settlement was the middle of the present Bahnhofstraße and Rabenstraße. In addition there were the farmsteads of Granitz-Hof and Aalbeck. The church village and centre of the parish was Zirkow.

A first sign of its subsequent importance as a Baltic Sea resort arose as early as around 1830, when guests of the Prince of Putbus bathed at the mouth of the Ahlbeck (the outflow of the Schmachter See). In 1835 a one-classroom school was established. Around 1850 Binz farmers purchased the land hitherto rented to them by the Prince of Putbus.

Until 1326 the village was part of the Principality of Rügen and thereafter of the Duchy of Pomerania. With the Treaty of Westphalia of 1648 Rügen, and hence Binz, became part of Swedish Pomerania. In 1815 Binz became part of New Western Pomerania within the Prussian Province of Pomerania.

From 1818 to 4 September 2011 Binz belonged, apart from a short interruption (1952–1955 Kreis Putbus) to the county of Rügen.

By Eisenbahn and Dampfschiffahrt

Being born into a middle class German family I was lucky, that meant access to toys, travel and vacations. My father being a civil servant in the Capital Berlin with the abundance of shops meant luxuries including toys of an educational sort, tin soldiers, steam engines, toys trains and boats. I used to read avidly the various catalogues and books he would bring home. It was more a wish list but the occasional present would grace my brother and mine hand especially at Christmas.

Recreating those Memories

My most prized possession was my tin clockwork battleship! I have attempted to recreate here in radio control.


You can go presently with Adler-Schiffe what I experienced 120 years ago for the seascape and landscape remains constant.

Paulsen Holding GmbH, formerly Adler-Schiff Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, is a German shipping company based in Westerland on Sylt, which primarily operates excursion traffic on the German North and Baltic Sea coasts under the brand name Adler-Schiff. With more than 25 passenger ships, the shipping company is the largest provider of excursions and ship charters on the German coast.

Flag of the Adler shipping company (left)

The North Frisian, family-owned island and Halligreederei was founded on May 1, 1950 by the Hooger fisherman Kurt Paulsen. On Pentecost Sunday 1950 he took guests on board his fishing boat for the first time. The maiden voyage led from Nordstrand to Nordstrandischmoor. After that, excursions for vacationers were regularly offered and additional ships were put into service. The company's first new building was the Adler passenger ship, which was delivered in 1961 and had space for 50 passengers. In the 1970s, the shipping company ordered several passenger ships from the Husum shipyard, in particular to carry out butter trips.

The shipping company has been run by Sven Paulsen, Kurt Paulsen's son, since 1986. Under him, the company expanded into many new shipping areas. After the fall of the Wall in 1990, the fleet became significantly larger, as it was also driven in eastern German areas. The islands of Usedom and Rügen and the Western Pomerania border town of Altwarp became new areas of application.

At the beginning of June 1993 the shipping company put Germany's fastest single-hull passenger ship into service, the Adler-Express. It is equipped with a waterjet propulsion system fed by two MTU marine diesel engines, each with an output of 1,260 kW, and can reach a top speed of 33 knots.

In 1995 Sven Paulsen took over the Sylter Verkehrsgesellschaft, which operates local public transport with several bus routes on the island of Sylt.

In July 1998 Adler-Schiff acquired two Boeing 929 hydrofoil boats through two partner shipping companies, which had previously been operated by a Belgian shipping company on a liner service from Ostend to Dover and Ramsgate. Although they were named Adler Blizzard and Adler Wizard, they were not used by Adler ships. In the summer of 1998 Sven Paulsen participated in the founding of the West Palm Beach (USA) -based shipping company Seajets, which the American businessman George Bradley took over. The two hydrofoils were transferred to Florida in the summer of 1999 and chartered to Seajets. They were used from autumn 1999 under the names Seajet Kara and Seajet Kirsten between West Palm Beach and Freeport (Bahamas). Both ships were sold to Japan in October 2001.

On January 2, 2010, Adler-Schiff GmbH took over the Wismar-based company Reederei Clermont GbR, which was founded on June 1, 1990, with the four passenger ships Mecklenburg, Insel Poel, Hanseatic City of Wismar and Hanseat. The ships are used for harbor tours in Wismar, excursions into the Wismar Bay and to the island of Poel. In the same year shipping from Altwarp was stopped.

In June 2011 the shipping company bought a motor yacht, the Merkur II, from HSH Nordbank.

In spring 2013 the company took over the Ostsee-Tour shipping company on the island of Rügen with the two passenger ships Cap Arkona and Binz.

In 2017, Adler-Schiff acquired the Sylter Seebestattungsreederei and its ship Ekke Nekkepen. The funeral shipping company will continue to operate as a subsidiary. In the same year, Sven Paulsen and North Frisian Offshore GmbH founded German Fast Ferry GmbH & Co. KG, through which the Adler Cat catamaran was acquired in December 2017.

At the beginning of 2019, the shipping company Rahder, based in Büsum, and its four ships, Lady von Büsum, Ol Büsum, Hauke ​​and Hein Mück, were taken over by German Fast Ferry. On February 18, 2019, the shipping companies Adler-Schiff and Cassen Eils announced the establishment of the joint company Adler & Eils GmbH & Co. KG, through which they have been working together in Büsum since then. The four former Rahder ships were transferred to the new company and then used for excursions. The shipping company Cassen Eils brought the Funny Girl into the joint venture, which is used in the liner service from Büsum to Heligoland.

Passenger and ferry traffic from Altwarp edit

From 1992 to 2010 the Adler shipping company was active in the border town of Altwarp on the Stettiner Haff, from where shopping trips to the nearby Polish waters were undertaken. Until Poland joined the EU in 2004, there was a duty-free sale on board, so the trips were well attended. From 1992 Adler-Schiff first used the excursion boat Adler VI from Altwarp, and a year later also the Adler X. The Adler VI was replaced in 1995 by the Adler Princess. In 1996 Adler-Schiff opened a ferry line between Altwarp and Nowe Warpno (Neuwarp) in Poland. The two car ferries Adler Polonia and Adler Pomerania were used on this line. In addition, there continued to be butter trips from Altwarp with passenger ships. From 1998 to 2004 the shipping company operated the Adler Polar, a small icebreaker and tug, which was also stationed in Altwarp. Another car ferry, the much larger Adler Germania, was added in 1999, with which a connection was established from Altwarp to the port of Swinoujscie on Usedom. The Adler Polonia car ferry was sold in 2002. When Poland joined the EU on May 1, 2004 and the associated discontinuation of duty-free sales, passenger numbers plummeted. At the same time, the Adler Princess and the two car ferries were launched and ferry operations were discontinued. Only the smaller Adler X was still used on excursions from Altwarp. In 2010, the trips were finally stopped due to a lack of capacity and the Adler X was transferred to Hamburg. The Adler Germania launched in Altwarp was towed to Esbjerg for scrapping at the beginning of September 2011.
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