Even though I could likely never have a maritime life (I would feel too locked away on a ship), I am really fascinated of visiting historic ships. During a short visit in Emden in October 2020, I visited the Seenot-Rettungskreuzer Georg Breusing (Georg Breusing Rescue Cruiser), which is a museum ship very centrally located in the heart of the Northwest German city. This ship is very special as it is still fully able to navigate – which is also used in non-pandemic times for a couple of cruises per year. Here is the review of my visit.
Georg Breusing Rescue Cruiser – Location & Admission
The Seenot-Rettungskreuzer Georg Breusing is located right in the heart of Emden, one of the largest cities in East Frisia / Ostfriesland. The postal address is Georg-Breusing-Promenade 1 (“Georg Breusing Promenade”), i.e. it is named after the ship. The Dat Otto Huusby Otto Waalkes is just a few steps away. There are also some other Emden attractions in close proximity.
Adult admission to the ship is 2.20 Euro. You can visit the boat daily from 11:00 to 17:00 hrs. However, there is no excess in winter months (the boat is closed from early November until beginning of German spring / Easter holidays. Please additionally note again that the ship is able to navigate and is typically doing a couple of cruises per year.
Georg Breusing Rescue Cruiser – The Visit
You can practically see the whole whip, on deck and under deck. Only a few areas are blocked for entrance, e.g. the engine room, but you can still have a look inside and see the stuff. The staff was very helpful and friendly and also gave you some facts about the ship (as well as being able to reply to your questions). The rescue cruiser operated from 1963 to 1988 from Borkum to protect sailors in the German Western part of the North Sea. Overall, the ship rescues 1,672 people, either in distress or in critical situations. The Georg Breusing is 26.7 meters long and 5.6 meters wide, with a draft of 1.62 meters. It is driven by three engines / three propellers, which have an overall power of 2,400 hp (German horsepower). Its top speed is roughly 24 knots / 43 kph. The boat is driven by a charity foundation.
We first visited the under deck facilities, from the front to the back, so that we first passed the mess to reach the control room. The rear of the ship features the living quarters as well as the machine room.
On deck, there is another control unit, so that the Georg Breusing could always be maneuvered under best vision conditions.
You can even buy some memorabilia, which again proceed either to the charity driving the boat or the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service (for which the Breusing was also operating).
Georg Breusing Rescue Cruiser – My View
Of course, the Georg Breusing is just a small vessel, compared to large cruise boats, or other ships you can visit. Still, I really enjoyed being on deck of her in Emden an listening to the stories about her. I guess it is definitely fun to have a cruise with this boat. If you are in Emden (in the warmer part of the year, when the ship is open for visitors), I definitely recommend to have a look into the ship and say thanks to this old lady for fulfilling her maritime duties.