- Name: LEEUWIN II
- Class: A
- Nationality: Australia
- Year built: 1986
- Rig: Barquentine 3
- Height: 31.25 m
- Length of hull: 46.66 m
- Entered by: Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation
- Number of trainees: 40
- Number of permanent crew: 5
- Showers: Yes
- Special diets catered for: Yes
- Special needs catered for: Yes
The STS Leeuwin II is Western Australia’s own Tall Ship based in Fremantle WA.
The Leeuwin is a three-masted barquentine. It was built to a design by local naval architect Len Randell by Australian Shipbuilding Industries Pty Ltd (now BAE Systems Australia) and launched on 2 August 1986 as sail training ship. It is operated by the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides award-winning hands on learning and leadership development programmes, mainly aimed at young people aged 14-25 .
STS Leeuwin II provides anyone 14 with the opportunity to learn to sail Australia’s largest ocean going sail training ship, while experiencing emotional, physical and mental challenges, yet at the same time having fun and making new friends.
The ship’s overall length is 55 metres and its beam 9 metres. The hull is welded steel with a teak deck. The main mast is 33 metres tall and, when fully rigged, the ship carries over 810 square metres of sails. A full crew consists of 55 people, consisting of 5 permanent crew, up to 10 volunteers (including four watch leaders, a bosun’s mate, cook’s mate and purser), and 40 trainees. The watch leaders take control of the four watch groups and lead the trainees through activities and ship duties on voyages of six days and more.