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Disappointment as familiar landmark and tourist destination closes for maintenance

Ton Brouwer is the captain of The Albatros in Wells, which is closed for maintenance. Picture: Ian Burt

Ton Brouwer is the captain of The Albatros in Wells, which is closed for maintenance. Picture: Ian Burt

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Visitors to Wells quayside are hoping the former Dutch sailing ship, Albatros, which is used as a bar, restaurant, music venue and B&B, reopens soon.

Ton Brouwer is the captain of The Albatros in Wells. Picture: Ian Burt
Ton Brouwer is the captain of The Albatros in Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

The 33m-long ship has become a familiar landmark and tourist destination for visitors to the north Norfolk town, and is permanently moored alongside the quay.

Built in 1899 as a North Sea clipper, it is owned by Ton Brouwer, who said: "We are closed for maintenance at the moment."

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He did not wish to elaborate further and would not say how long it would be closed.

Ton Brouwer is the captain of The Albatros in Wells. Picture: Ian Burt
Ton Brouwer is the captain of The Albatros in Wells. Picture: Ian Burt

People have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the news.

One woman said: "The Albatros attracts a lot of tourists- it's unique - hope it soon opens."

Another person said: "Sadly, we came to Wells hoping to have a pancake on the Albatros and saw the notice it was closed for maintenance. Gutted."

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