The elegant name “Angelo” does not come out of the blue. In fact, the mother of the builder of this ship was quite fond of a painting by the Italian artist Michelangelo. But that name was a little too long, so only “Angelo” remained. ‘Angelo’ is a special ship: it is the only sailing Saar spire still in existence. And it’s also in pretty original condition.
The ship has always been owned by the German Bier family, and used to serve as a trawler. The skipper hired horses to tow the ship upstream. Back was easy: just go with the flow. During World War II, the Bier family sank their ship to avoid confiscation. But immediately after its completion, it was brought to the surface and was already sailing again – as one of the first ships in Germany.
It wasn’t until 1950 that an engine was installed and the deckhouse (that’s what the house on a ship is called) was put on. The current owners are only the second owners of the ship after the Beer family. They completely converted it into a ship to live on.