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Thursday, 31 May 2018

What will happen with the Australian monitor HMAS Cerberus in the near future? Help to save her!


In Australia the hull of the monitor HMAS Cerberus still exists, sadly enough her future is threatened. There is a website of the Friends of the Cerberus with the clear intention of saving her. I asked John Toogood to supply more information what he did. See the text below. In the 19th Century was also the Royal Netherlands Navy interested in this ship. A Dutch naval officer received an order from the minister of navy to supply more details. He even made a sketch drawing of her. Why?, should someone ask. In that period was suggested in Dutch newspapers that Australia seemed to want her own colonial empire and the Dutch East Indies were nearby. Nonsense may be, but we have now a fine sketch of her. At the same time was the Roral Netherlands Navy interested in naval shipbuilding abroad especially for the pratical use of innovations. Let's hope that except for the sketch she herself also keeps existing as one of the few remaining 19th Century warships!

Cerberus in 2006. The entire ship and guns in the sea towards the bottom of the photo are visible. Photo with kind permission of Lindsay Stepanow. Source

The following have been used variously with Fb shares linking back to our primary FACEBOOK. which is a shared link to our main website’s 9 April ’18 news item.

Is this the 'last gasp' for Cerberus? Let's hope not!
Bayside Council recently lodged a formal application with Heritage Victoria to fill our former HMVS/HMAS Cerberus with concrete under the guise of Heritage preservation despite clearly being at odds with the "Burra Charter" which is accepted nationally as the standard for heritage conservation.

Monitor at Risk Down-under!
Cerberus is not an 'American' Civil War survivor but a British built forerunner of the next generation Monitors. Launched in 1868, the same decade as USS Monitor and H.L. Hunley, she now rests relatively intact (albeit tenuously) right where she was 'parked' in 1926 ... about 200 metres off-shore at a bay-side Melbourne (Australia) beach. Time is fast running out for supporters to make a submission opposing Bayside Council's application to fill the monitor, former HMVS/HMAS Cerberus with concrete. These must be in writing (hard-copy) mailed to Heritage Victoria as indicated by the original news item to arrive no later than 24 April '18. If you live outside Australia and wish to make a submission feel free to do so by email to “Friends of the Cerberus Inc.” making sure you allow a few days for us to print and forward by conventional mail on your behalf.
Hard-copy submissions are essential and required by Heritage Victoria no later than their stated deadline in order to be considered regarding the defeat of Bayside Council's permit application but emails may still be sent as well. They certainly won't do any harm, just make sure the snail-mail is sent to arrive in time.

All are urged to share this post on your timelines, any relevant Fb pages you manage and groups to which you belong. Every share, like and (favourable) comment helps to spread our message and encourage others to 'join the fray'. 

John Toogood FACEBOOKPOST share dated 11 April 2018:
This is a disgraceful prospect coming as it does during centenary celebrations and threatening the sole substantive remains of Australia's Great War Fleet (albeit in an auxiliary role), our only pre-federation war ship and the last of Victoria's colonial 'battle' fleet. If our responsible politicians and bureaucrats think that irreversibly filling Cerberus with concrete is a real preservation option and not simply what it appears to everyone else, a crass attempt to 'make it go away' whilst releasing heritage funds to mitigate local government risk, then clearly they have no right to claim heritage credentials and I for one will be carefully reviewing my life-long voting habits in the future.
Even if it is accepted that 'fill-and-forget' is currently the only short/medium term prospect there are far superior alternatives to concrete available that are affordable, reversible, environmentally neutral and won't increase the weight of Cerberus' footprint (4,000 tonnes of concrete is estimated to result in a net weight increase to the ship's sea-bed footprint of about 137% after allowing for water displacement).

This Fb post published by The heritage Network and shared widely during Feb-Mar of 2015 isn’t directly related to the current issue of stopping Bayside Council from filling the ship with concrete but nevertheless does provide some background.

The Heritage network Published by John Toogood·26 February 2015

HMAS (formerly HMVS) Cerberus:
As the Great War loomed, despite her already advanced age (launched 1868 - commissioned 1871 with the Victorian Colonial Navy) and with 43 years of service to three Australian Navies behind her, the Monitor Cerberus was 'drafted' and recommissioned as a Port Guard and Ammunition Store-Ship after being briefly decommissioned during the pre-war period. HMAS Cerberus is photographed here at her third mooring location, near the mouth of the Yarra River off Williamstown in Victoria's Hobson's Bay, circa 1914. After the war (in April 1921) she was re-named HMAS Platypus II and tasked as 'secondary tender' for the J-Class Submarine fleet based in Corio Bay.
Cerberus currently rests in 3 meters of water just 200 metres off-shore at Half Moon Bay where she was essentially run aground and scuttled to form a breakwater in 1926. The ship remains largely intact although a partial collapse of the lower hull during severe storms in 1993 has hastened its subsidence in the interim.

The 1860s Monitor, former HMVS/HMAS Cerberus is Australia's only warship from the pre-1918 era that has survived into the 21st century, albeit tenuously. As we plot a course through the Great War's (1914-18) centenary we bear witness to major projects from around the world undertaken by Countries with a commitment to restore their few surviving 1914-18 warships in time for significant anniversary celebrations. Not so however in 'the land of Oz' where successive Australian governments at all levels continue to procrastinate whilst their only such opportunity slips further away.
Image sourced from Friends of the Cerberus Inc.'s main website 
Courtesy of the "State Library of South Australia."

Bayside Council recently lodged a formal application with Heritage Victoria to fill our former HMVS/HMAS Cerberus with concrete under the guise of Heritage preservation despite clearly being at odds with the "Burra Charter" which is accepted nationally as the standard for heritage conservation. The current status of Cerberus, being included on Australia's "National Heritage List", doesn't seem to matter when bureaucratic antagonism and political indifference are allied against valid community concerns for our vanishing heritage. Our supporters can still help to convince Heritage Victoria that a positive heritage outcome remains an option only if they deny Bayside Council's application. Check out the following extract ("Submissions") from our recently published Newsletter 198. Help to 'scuttle' this destructive and unacceptable proposal. Send your individual protest as indicated, to Heritage Victoria by conventional (hard-copy) mail today and make sure you beat their 24 Apr '18 deadline. If lost for words feel free to copy and paste the form letter provided on our "HELP" page.
'Submissions.

Naturally we will be making a submission to Heritage Victoria. Anyone wishing to do likewise should be aware that submissions should be posted, and NOT emailed, to Heritage Victoria, PO Box 500, Melbourne 8002.

Any overseas supporters wishing to make submissions can email them to us via john.rogers@cerberus.com.au and we will post them to Heritage Victoria.

It cannot be emphasised enough that Heritage Victoria will decide later this month whether to fill Cerberus with concrete. All indications are that the application will be approved.
By my reckoning, 1,700 cubic metres of concrete will require over 200 concrete trucks to fill Cerberus. A horrifying thought. What a way to treat a place on the National Heritage List.'
Follow the link, read  Newsletter 198 in full and update yourself with Friends of the Cerberus' position regarding these latest developments.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Dutch former sailing cargo ship Anna Jobke 1908

Historical Harbour, Schiedam, Netherlands 21 April 2018

A so-called Hagenaar. Nowadays an inland pleasure craft annex floating house.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Dutch former sailing cargo ship Linquenda

Historical Harbour, Schiedam, Netherlands 21 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, ENI 03050371, MMSI 244710339 and call sign PF8905.
Dimensions 22,1 x 4,7 metres. Nowadays an inland pleasure craft. 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Dutch former sailing cargo ship Nooit Gedacht

Historical Harbour, Schiedam, Netherlands 21 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, ENI 02206262, MMSI 244710168 and call sign PC8926.
Dimensions 20,8 x 4,6 metres. Nowadays an inland pleasure craft. 

Monday, 30 April 2018

Polish stern trawler TR-30 Cold War design


Dimensions 28,50 (waterline)-30,35 (over all) x 7,90 (moulded) x 4,10 (moulded depth) x 3,10 (moulded) metres, hold capacity 175 cubic metres, fuel bunker capacity 45 cubic metres/38 tons, fresh water bunker capacity 15 tons. Crew accommodation for 14 persons. Horsepower 850hp. Cruising range 15 days and speed 3 (bottom trawling with tower power of around 5,7 tons)-4 (pelagic trawling with towing power 5,2 tons)-11 knots. Designed for the bottom or pelagic fishing methods to a maximum depth of around 275 metres. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

German general cargo ship Paula Anna 2012-


Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

Cyprus-flagged, homeport Limassol, IMO 9507142, MMSI 212211000 and call sign 5BRM4. Earlier Antigua&Barnuda-flagged, homeport Saint John’s and MMSI 305863000. Owned and managed by Eicke Schiffahrt, Heide-Holst, Germany. Built by Bodewes Shipyard, Hoogezand, Netherlands in 2012. 

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Danish oil/chemical tanker Hafnia Soya 2015-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Singapore-flagged, IMO 9729271, MMSI 566583000 and call sign 9V3282. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea as the Hyundai Mipo 2573 in 2015. Owned and managed by Hafnia Tankers, Hellerup, Denmark. 

Friday, 27 April 2018

German oil/chemical tanker Georg Essberger 2004-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Madeira/Portugal-flagged, IMO 9191175, MMSI 255735000 and call sign CQSW.
Built by Baltic Shipyard, St. Petersburg, Russia in 2004. Owned and managed by Essberger, Hamburg, Germany. 

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Italian tug (ex-Wolf 2006-2007, BB Ocean 2007-2015) Multratug 14 2015-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, homeport Terneuzen, Netherlands, IMO 9360594, MMSI 244850959 and call sign PBIJ. Gross tonnage 407 tons, net tonnage 149 tons and dimensions 31,59 (between perpendiculars)-34,50 (over all) x 11,60 (over all) x 6,50 (maximum) metres. Speed 13,9 knots. Bollard pull 75 tons. As the BB Ocean, Denmark International Register-flagged, homeport Copenhagen, MMSI 220535000 and owned and managed by Bukser&Bjerging, Oslo, Norway. Built by Astilleros Armon, Navia, Spain in 2006. Ex-Wolf of Ocean S.r.l, Trieste, Italy renamed June 2007 BB Ocean of Bjergning Danmark A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark chartered from Oceam S.r.l. and renamed Multatug 14 on 9 June 2015 chartered by Multarship B.V., Terneuzen from Ocean s.r.l. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Saudi Arabian ro-ro cargo ship Bahri Jazan 2013-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Saudi Arabia-flagged, homeport Dammam, IMO 9620970, MMSI 403533001 and call sign HZFI. Owned by NSCSA. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and managed by Mideast Shipmanagement, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea in 2013. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Dutch LPG tanker Sundowner 2016-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, homeport Rotterdam, Netherlands, IMO 9715713, MMSI 244830182 and call sign PCTK. Built by Shipyard Constructions Hoogezand, Hoogezand, Netherlands in 2016. Owned and managed by Chemgas Shipping, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

Monday, 23 April 2018

Dutch oil/chemical tanker (ex-Brovig Levanto 2011) Stolt Redshank 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

United Kingdom-flagged, IMO 9566746, MMSI 235089046 and call sign 2EXV5. Ex-Brovig Levanto renamed September 2011. Owned and managed by Stolt Tankers, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Built by Chongqing Chuandong Shipbuilding Industry, Fuling, China in 2011. 

British car carrier Glovis Prestige 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 21 April 2018

Bahamas-flagged, homeport Nassau, IMO 9455715, MMSI 311048300 and call sign C6YX4. Owned and managed by Ray Car Carriers, Douglas, Isle of Man, United Kingdom. Built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, Ulsan, South Korea in 2011. 

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Dutch transport Abrahams Offerhande 1688

Of the admiralty Maze, hired at Rotterdam to bring king-stadholder William III to England in October 1688, dimensions 75 x 18¾ x 9¼, master Abraham Zeeman, appraised value of ship ƒ 3.800. 

Luxury yacht Amels 473

On pontoon before the covered dry dockVlissingen, Netherlands 21 April 2018

Dutch screw steamship Noord-Holland underway from the Dutch East Indies towards the Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 24 August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the Dutch screw steamship Noord-Holland underway from Batavia, Dutch East Indies towards Rotterdam, Netherlands.(1)

Note
1. Call sign PNBR, homeport Rotterdam, Netherlands, horsepower 220hp and net capacity 50.55,56 cubic metres/1.784,61 tons of 2,83 cubic metres. 

Dutch East Indies steamship Prins Hendrik der Nederlanden cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 25th August reported the arrival of the Dutch East Indies steamship Prins Hendrik der Nederlanden master De Vries coming from Rembang, Dutch East Indies.(1)

Note
1. Call sign THFW, homeport Billiton, Dutch East Indies, horsepower 50hp and net capacity 501.67 cubic metres/177,26 tons of 2,83 cubic metres. 

Japan intended to built a nuclear propelled container ship according to the Dutch newspaper Het vrije volk dated 30 January 1967

Van Stoom tot Atoom, 1961
Text G.A.J. Bovens-drawings G.J. Frans Naerebout

An item reported that despite the commercial failure with the American nuclear cargo ship Savannah (1) the Japanese government atomic energy commission announced the intended building of a nuclear propelled containership with a speed of nearly 50 kilometres. It would be the second Japanese nuclear merchant ship.(2)

Notes
1. First American nuclear merchant ship was the Savannah, building ordered in 1955, launched by New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, USA with yard number 529 on 21 July 1959, completed in December 1961, maiden voyage begun on 20 August 1962 and decommissioned on 10 January 1972. IMO 5314793, cal sign KSAV.
2. Japan built just one nuclear ship namely cargo ship Mutsu, laid down by Second Tokyo Factory, Ishikawajima-Harima Hvy Ind on 17 November 1968, launched on 12 June 1970, delivered on 13 July 1970, completed and fully loaded on 4 September 1972, decommissioned 1992 and rebuilt as the still existing research vessel Mirai. IMO 6919423

British nuclear cargo submarine built secretly according to the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant dated 7 December 1966

Drawing Mitchell submarine
Source Gereformeerd gezinsblad dated 29 March 1961

An item referred to the British newspaper Daily Herald dated London 5th reporting that England was building secretly a nuclear propelled cargo submarine which would have a speed of 240 kilometres [circa 130 knots] making I possible to cross the Atlantic Ocean in just one day. There were no official comments available. (1)

Note
1. Never realized. The first British nuclear submarine was HMS Dreadnought (S101), laid down by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom on 12 June 1959, launched on 21 October 1960, commissioned on 17 April 1963 and decommissioned in 1980. 

Chinese container ship MSC Lily 2015-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 15-4-2018

Panama-flagged, IMO 9704960, MMSI 373134000 and call sign 3FVB9.
Built by New Times Shipbuilding, Jinghiang, China as the New Times 0208801 in 2015. Owned and managed by China International Marine Containers Group, Shenzen, China. 

Dutch mooring barge Meer III 1955-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 20 hp. Expected 1955 . Stationed at Manokwari, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Dutch Holland launch Siriwo 1952-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 20 hp. Commissioned on 30 May 1952. Stationed at Soring, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Dutch Holland launch Waipaga 1952-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 20 hp. Commissioned on 1 June 1952 . Stationed at Hollandia, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Belgian LPG tanker Kontich 2016-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 15-4-2018

Belgium-flagged, IMO 9687502, MMSI 205691000 and call sign ONIP. Owned and managed by Exmar, Antwerp, Belgium. Built by Hanjin Subic Shipyard, Olonpago, Philippines as HHIC PHIL 102 in 2016.

Dutch built trawler Aneta (IJM 82) sold within the Netherlands according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 4 November 1932

An item reported that the Dutch steel built trawler Aneta (IJM 82) of 304,38 gross register tons and built by I. Friedrichs&Co., A.G., Einswarden, Germany in 1916 was sold by the N.V. Visscherij Mij. Aneta (in liquidation), Ijmuiden, Netherlands to C.J.A. Molenaars, Haarlem, Netherlands. 

Dutch built floating sheerleg Sapowa towards France according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 4 December 1931

An item reported that the Scheepswerf Gebr. Van der Werf, Deest, Netherlands delivered the floating sheerleg Sapowa towards France. Dimensions 25 x 11,80 x 2,60 metres. Lifting capacity 50 ton, maximum lifting height around 16 metres and a range of 9,50 metres. Steam delivered by a steam boiler with 38 square metres heating surface for main sheerleg winch and 4 mooring winches. Water ballast capacity 95 tons. 

French privateer of Dunkirk la Fortune 1713

Commanding officer Aldert Janssen. Measurement 8 tons, armament of 2 swivels and a crew numbering 26 men.

Source
H. Malo. La grande Guerre des Corsaires Dunkerque (1702-1715), published in 1925.

French privateer chaloupe of Dunkirk la Fortune 1705

Commanding officer Jacques Issouard.

Source
H. Malo. La grande Guerre des Corsaires Dunkerque (1702-1715), published in 1925.

French privateer of Dunkirk la S. Barbe 1711

Commanding officer Georges Huart-Dornucourt. Measurement 40 tons, armament of 4 guns, 2 swivels and a crew numbering 36 men.

Source
H. Malo. La grande Guerre des Corsaires Dunkerque (1702-1715), published in 1925.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

British high speed craft Valkyrie

In the locks towards the Schelde river, Vlissingen, Netherlands 19 April 2018

United Kingdom-flagged, MMSI 235069806 and call sign 2BWA9. Part of the Valkyrie Diving & Marine Services Limited, Shoreham-by-Sea, England. 

German general cargo ship (ex-Alcmene 2009, Aphrodite 2009-2010, Botany Sea 2010-2011, Aphodrite 2011) Salta 2011-

Schelde of Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Liberia-flagged, homeport Monrovia, Liberia, IMO 9419242, MMSI 636092067 and call sign A8WC6. Ex-Alcemene renamed December 2009, Aphodrite renamed September 2010, Botany Sea renamed January 2011 and Aphrodite renamed December 2011. Owned and managed by NSC Holding, Hamburg, Germany. Built by Wuzhiu Ship Repairing&Building, Zhoushan, China in 2008. 

Yugoslavia wanted to built nuclear propelled tankers according to the Dutch newspaper Amigoe di Curacao dated 14 November 1957

An item reported that a shipyard at Rijeka, Yugoslavia [nowadays Croatia] and two engine plants founded a commission to study the possibilities of building 40.000-50.000 ton nuclear propelled tankers. 

Dutch tug Andre-B 2008-


Inner harbour Vlissingen, Netherlands 19 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, IMO 9451252, MMSI 245188000 and call sign PHON. Completed in April 2008 by Gebr. Kooiman, Zwijndrecht/Dordrecht, Netherlands with yard number 178. Gross tonnage 254 tons, deadweight 63 tons and as dimensions 31,10 x 9,50 x 3,60-4,00 metres. Bollard pull 50 tons. Horsepower 3.400hp. Bowthruster 450hp. Crew numbers 4 persons and accommodation for 8 persons. Owned and managed by BMS. 

Dutch bark Noach VI underway from the Netherlands towards the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 26 August 1889

An item dated 24 August reported the passing of Nieuw Anjer, Dutch East Indies of the Dutch bark Noach VI underway from Rotterdam, Netherlands towards Batavia, Dutch East Indies.(1)

Note
1. Call sign PMWR, homeport Rotterdam, Netherlands and net capacity 3.780,17 cubic metres/1.334,39 ton of 2,83 cubic metres.  

Dutch screw steamship Noord-Holland underway from the Dutch East Indies towards the Netherlands according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 24 August 1889

An item dated 24th reported the departure from Batavia, Dutch East Indies by the Dutch screw steamship Noord-Holland master Sprang van Lee towards Marseille, France and Rotterdam, Netherlands.(1)

Note
1. Call sign PNBR, homeport Rotterdam, Netherlands, horsepower 220hp and net capacity 50.55,56 cubic metres/1.784,61 tons of 2,83 cubic metres. 

Dutch East Indies schooner Henriette cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 24 August 1889

An item dated 24th reported the departure from Batavia, Dutch East Indies by the Dutch East Indies schooner Henriette towards the east.(1)

Note
1. Call sign TDQF, homeport Pati (Japara), Dutch East Indies and net capacity 124,97 cubic metres/44,16 tons of 2,83 cubic metres. 

Dutch East Indies bark Anoear Salim cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper Java-Bode dated 24 August 1889

An item dated 24th reported the departure from Batavia, Dutch East Indies by the Dutch East Indies bark Anoear Salim master Baserawie towards Banka, Dutch East Indies.(1)

Note
1. Call sign TBKQ,homeport Palembang, Dutch East Indies and net capacity 523,60 cubic metres/185,01 tons of 2,83 cubic metres.  

British car carrier Torino 2009-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 14 April 2018

United Kingdom-flagged, homeport Southampton, IMO 9398321, MMSI 235070707 and call sign 2BZH7. Built by MHI Nagasaki Shipyard&Engine Works, Nagasaki, Japan in 2009. Owned and managed by Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carriers, Southampton, United Kingdom. 

Dutch towing launch Japen 1952-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 40 hp. Commissioned on 30 May 1952. Stationed at Kepi, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Dutch towing launch Sagewin 1952-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 40 hp. Commissioned on 22 November 1952. Stationed at Kokonao, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Dutch ferry Vogelkop 1955-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower  hp. Expected in 1955 . Stationed at Sorong, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14.

British nuclear propelled cargo submarine designed according to the Dutch newspaper Friese koerier dated 14 August 1958

Source Gereformeerd gezinsblad dated 29 March 1961

An item reported that the British firm Mitchell Engineering, London, England designed a 80.000 tons nuclear propelled cargo submarine and ordered the Sanders Roe Factories to make a pilot study. For that pilot study was 8 months estimated and if the conclusion was positive would a British shipyard get an order. The designed speed was 35 knots. The intention was to use her as a ore cargo ship on the line Hudson Bay-England and pass the North Pole while submerged. The Suez Canal was not to be used. The preparations and eventual building were private matter while the British cabinet was not interested. Another Dutch newspaper Gereformeerd gezinsblad dated 29 March 1963 referred to this plan of Mitchell and published a sketch of such cargo submarine with a tonnage of 50.000 tons, net cargo capacity 28.000 tons and a length of around 200 metres. She was to be continuously submerged and only to come to the surface for loading or unloading her cargo which was to consist of iron ore and oil.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Luxembourgian trailing suction hopper dredger Mellina 2003-





Middelburg, Netherlands 19 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, homeport Vlissingen, Netherlands, IMO 9260689, MMSI 245820000 and call sign PBIM. Built by IHC Beaver Dredgers, Sliedrecht, Netherlands in 2003. Owned by Dredging International Luxembourg, Luxembourg and managed by Tideway, Breda, Netherlands.

Chinese container ship OOCL Asia 2006-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Hong Kong/China-flagged, homeport Hong Koing, IMO 9300790, MMSI 477105600 and call sign VRBQ6. Owned and managed by OOCL, Hong Kong, China. Built by Samsung Shipbuilding&Heavy Industries, Geoje, South Korea in 2006. 

Greek bulk carrier (ex-Eternal Spirit 1996-2003) Chrysoula S 2003-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Liberia-flagged, homeport Monrovia, IMO 9141998, MMSI 636017167 and call sign D5JP6. Ex-Eternal Spirit renamed April 2003. Owned and managed by Order Shipping, Athens, Greece. Built by Imabari Shipbuilding Marugame Yard, Marugame, Japan in 1996. 

Argentina ordered building floating dry dock in England according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1913 No. 3

An item reported that the Argentinean cabinet intended to sign on short notice a contract with the British firm Vickers for delivery within 9 months at Buenos Aires a floating dry dock for submarines and smaller vessels. The dock was designed by Clark and Standfield, Westminster, England had as dimensions 91,4 x 13,7 (available width for docking ships)-18,3 metres. It had to be possible to dock vessels with a maximum draught of 4.9 metres. Lifting capacity 1.500 tons.  

Torpedo type XIIb used by the Royal Netherlands Navy according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1935 no. 2

Total length including pistol 5,04 metres, diameter 45 centimetres, total weight 558 kilo, type pistol 4th, bursting charge type guncotton and weight 50-90kg, maximum depth adjustment 6 metres, content air chamber 342 litres, weight air 36,53 kilo, no heated air, no water injection. speed short distance 25-33 miles and long distance around 22 miles. 

German battleship SMS Baden rammed German battleship SMS Wittelsbach according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1902-1903 no. 8

Bayern-class

Wittelsbach-class

An item referred to the Mittheilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens reporting that when the German battleship Baden left the yard at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, due to the heavy wind she rammed the Wittelsbach causing a hole of 1,5cm in the hull of the latter ship. In the accident was also a watertight bulkhead damaged and after immediately efforts to stop the leaking was the Wittelsbach dry docked.

Notes
1. Of the Bayern-class battleships, designed between 1910-1912, consisted of the Bayern, Baden, Sachsen and Württemberg, preceded by the König-class and was to be succeeded by the never realized L20a-class. Built under the Naval Law of 1912. Laid down as the Ersatz Wörth at Schichau-Werke, Danzig with yard number 913 in December 1913, launched on 30 October 1915, commissioned on 14 March 1917, beached in Gutter Sound, Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands on 21 June 1919 and sunk as a target on 16 August 1921. Building costs 49 million Goldmarks.
2. Building ordered under the contract name ‘C’, laid down at the Kaiserliche Werft Wilhelmshaven, Germany with yard number 25 in September 1899, launched on 3 July 1900, commissioned on 15 October 1902, completed in the second half of 1902, since 1916 used for auxiliary purposes, minesweepers tender since 1919, stricken in July 1921 and sold to be broken up. Of the Wittelsbach-class battleships built under the Naval Law of 1898, consisting of the Wittelsbach, Wettin, Zähringen, Schwaben and Mecklenburg precedent by the Kaiser Friederich III-class and succeeded by the Braunschweig-class. 

British steamship Maid of Patras sold to the Netherlands to be broken up according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 23 October 1931

An item reported that the British steamship Maid of Patras of 288 gross register tons and built by Irvine’s Shipbuilding Company, West-Hartlepool, England in 1905 was sold by the Byron Steamship Co. Ltd., London, England for 1.400 pound sterling to the N.V. Holland, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands to be broken up. 

Dutch steam trawler St. Theresia (IJM17) sold within the Netherlands and renamed Bonne (K2) according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 23 October 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steam trawler St. Theresia (IJM17) of 83,34 gross register tons and built by Goabtree Co. Ltd., Great Yarmouth, England in 1908 was sold by the N.V. Visscherij Mij. St. Theresia, IJmiden, Netherlands to L. Kammer and A. Ras, Urk, Netherlands and commissioned as the Bonne (K2). 

Dutch steam trawler Irene (IJM89) sold within the Netherlands according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 23 October 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steam trawler Irene (IJM89) of 183,39 gross register tons and built by the Earle’s Company Limited, Hull, England n 1899 was sold by the Maatschappij De Nijverheid, IJmuiden, Netherlands to H, Wijker, IJmuiden. 

Dutch steel dredger Kaliwaal 21 built at Hardinxveld, Netherlands according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 23 October 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steel dredger Kaliwaal 21 with as dimensions 35 x 7 x 2,70 metres was launched by the Scheepsbouwwerf en Machinefabriek Holland, Hardinxveld, Netherlands. 

Chinese car carrier MSC Christiana 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 10 April 2018

Panama-flagged, IMO 9453298, MMSI 371715000 and call sign 3FJT7. Owned and managed by MSC Shipmanagement Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Built by STX Dalian Shipbuilding, Dalian, China in 2011. 

Dutch double screw Holland launch Walingen 1955-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 40 hp. Expected in 1955. Reserve. Stationed at Inanwatan, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Dutch double screw Holland launch Garnaal 1955

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 40 hp. Excpeted in 1955 . Stationed at Kaimana, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Dutch double screw Holland launch Zeehaen 1954

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 40 hp. Expected at the end of 1954. Stationed at Wasior, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Dutch double screw Holland launch Heemskerck 1954

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 40 hp. Expected at the end of 1954. Stationed at Waren, Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Dutch pipe burying vessel Flintstone 2011-



Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 7 April 2018

Netherlands-flagged, homeport Vlissingen, Netherlands, IMO 9528433, MMSI 245861000 and call sign PBZD. Built at the Sembawang Shipyard, Singapore in 2011. Owned and managed by Tideway, Breda, Netherlands.

Dutch mooring barge Meer III 1955-

Part of the fleet of the Afdeling Scheepvaart. Horsepower 20 hp. Expected 1955 . Stationed in the Netherlands New Guinea.

Source
Dutch Parliament session 1954-1955. Budget Netherlands New Guinea 1953-1954. Memory of response. Attachment No. 14. 

Uruguayan cruiser Dogali wrecked according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1913 No. 1

An item reported that the Uruguayan cruiser Dogali bought in the past from the Italian navy and renamed Montevideo was wrecked underway towards Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the coast of Rio Grande. Her crew was rescued the ship however considered to be lost. Displacement 2.088 tons and with an armament of 2-15cm guns, 9-5,7cm guns, 2-3,7cm guns and 2 torpedo tubes. Speed 19 knots.(1)

Note
1. Laid down by Armstrong, Elswick, England on 13 February 1885 for the Greek navy and to be named Salamis, launched on 23 December 1885, sold before completion to Italy, commissioned as the Dogali on 28 April 1887, sold to Uruguay in January 1908, renamed 25 de Agosto, commissioned in 28 April 1887, renamed Montevideo in1910, decommissioned in 1914 and sold to be broken up in 1932. 

Dry dock for Puerto Cabello, Venezuela to be built in the USA according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1912

An item reported that the building of a steel made dry dock for Puerto Cabello, Venezuela was to be built in the USA. In the spring was the dock with as building costs 250.000 dollars ordered. Length 86 metres and able to lift ships with a maximum displacement of 3.000 tons. 

Russian protected cruiser Askold built larger for coal more bunker capacity according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1905 no. 5

Askold

An item reported that the original projected displacement of the Russian cruiser Askold was increased from 6.500 to 7.962 tons.(1)  The increase was used not for fitting her out with an armour belt but for enlarging the coal bunker capacity. The decision for this choice was made while she was to be used in the Far East and needed a sufficient range just like new to be built warships. For example was the coal bunker capacity of the Peresvjet as newest ship and comparable qua size with the British HMS Renown considerable larger as earlier ships.

Note
1. Protected cruiser. Laid down by Germaniawerft, Kiel, Germany on 8 June 1899, launched on 2 March 1900, commissioned on 25 January 1902 and broken up in 1922. 

Greece wanted to sell several warships according to the magazine Mitteilungen aus dem Gebiete des Seewesens dated 1905 no. 1

An item reported that Greece wanted to sell the steam transport Mykale, the steamboats Pyreus and Patras and the sail goelette Aura on an auction for a total minimum price of 133.000 drachmes. 

German container ship Cape Manilla 2011-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 15 April 2018

Marshall Islands-flagged, IMO 9571313, MMSI 538004412 and call sign V7WW8. Owned and managed by Columbia Shipmanagement Deutschland, Hamburg, Germany. Built by Wenchong Shipyard, Guagzhou, China in 2011. 

Dutch concern Verolmes Verenigde Scheepswerven studying building nuclear propeller tanker according to the Dutch newspaper Het vrije volk dated 7 September 1957

An item reported that the Dutch concern Verolmes Verenigde Scheepswerven started with studying the construction of a nuclear propelled tanker. Experts of the firm Scheepsinstallatiebedrijf Nederland, IJsselmonde, Netherlands would execute this study. Shipyard director C. Verolme stated that they would not directly start with building such a ship but to be prepared if there was an building order acquired. 

Norwegian shipping companies and banks interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper De Tijd dated 1 February 1957

An item reported that Norwegian banks and shipping companies contacted the Dutch-Norwegian Centre for Nuclear Research at Kjeller, Norway with the intention of founding a Norwegian company for using nuclear energy for industrial purposes. This company named Noratom already planned the building of a 100.000 tons nuclear propelled tanker.

Norwegians and Dutch interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf dated 5 July 1956

An item referred to the Norwegian plans for building a nuclear propelled 32.000 tons tanker with a speed of 18 knots to be built by the Rosenberg’s Shipyard, Stavanger, Norway. The Dutch engineer ir. E. Jansen of the study group of the Dutch-Norwegian Centre for Nuclear Research at Kjeller, Norway confirmed this.

Norwegian shipping companies interested in building nuclear propelled tanker according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwsblad van het Noorden dated 1 February 1967

An item reported that six if the major Norwegian shipping companies considered founding a consortium for financing a giant nuclear propelled tanker which could be launched in 1963.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

British mine countermeasure vessel HMS Cattistock (M31) 1979-


Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 2 April 2018

United Kingdom-flagged, homeport HMNB Portsmouth and MMSI 276742000.
Part of the Hunt-class minehunters. Building ordered on 29 January 1979, laid down by Vosper Thornycroft, United Kingdom on 29 June 1979, launched on 22 January 1991 and commissioned on 5 March 1982. Displacement 750 tons and as dimensions 60 x 9,8 x 2,2 metres or 196.10 x 32.2 x 7.3 feet. Machinery consisted of 2 shaft Napier Deltic diesels supplying 3.540shp allowing a speed of 15-17 knots. Crew numbers 45 persons (including 6 officers). Armament consists of 1-3m DS30M Mks gun, 2 mini guns and 3 general purpose machineguns. 

Belgian motor trawler Hans Memling (O295) built in the Netehrlands according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 23 October 1931

An item reported that the steel motor trawler Hans Memling (O295) was launched at the shipyards ‘s Lands Welvaren, I.S. Figee, Vlaardingen, Netherlands for account of the N.V. Motorvisscherij, Ostende, Belgium. 

French steel motor tug Turquise delivered to owner according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 9 October 1931

An item reported that after a successful trial the French steel motor tug Turquise was delivered to her owner. Built by Scheepsbouwwerf De Hoop, Hardinxveld, Netherlands. Fitted out with a 150.180hp Dentz diesel engine. Dimensions 16,30 x 4 x 2 metres. 

Dutch steam tug Haifa delivered to owner according to the Dutch magazine Schip en Werf dated 25 September 1931

An item reported that the Dutch steam tug Haifa after a successful trials was delivered to J. Verheul, Rotterdam, Netherlands and departed towards the harbour work at Haifa, Palestina. Built by the shipyard of Gebr. De Korte, Moerdijk, Netherlands. Gross register tonnage 54,64 tons and as dimensions 19,82 x 4,80 x 2,30 metres. Fitted out with 1-200ihp triple expansion steam engine and 1 boiler with a heating surface of 71 square metres and pressure of 15 atmosphere built by the N.V. Vlaardingsche Machinefabriek I.A. Kreber, Vlaardingen, Netherlands. 

French transport Vinh Long grounded off Singapore according to the Dutch newspaper Soerabaijasch handelsblad dated 27 March 1901


An item reported that the French transport Vinh Long (1) which grounded on a coral reef before the harbour of Singapore was lucky enough apparently her hull not damaged. She had on board 450 men French troops destined towards Takoe [Taku, China].(2)

Notes
1. Iron built screw steamship of 5.350 gross register tons built at Chaigneau et Bichon, Bordeaux, France in 1881 as troop transport for shipping military to the French military. Served in the First World War as hospital ship and since 1918 again as troop transport. When a fire broke out finally blown up when the magazines exploded on 16 November 1922 in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey. Dimensions 105 x 15,4 x 6,7 metres.
2. She visited according to the Dutch Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1900-1901 Sabang, Dutch East Indies between 17-18 July 1900. 

Chilean training ship General Baquedano visited Tandjong-Priok, Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper De Preanger-bode dated 29 November 1900


The Engineer dated 8 September 1899

An item reported that at Tandjong-Priok, Dutch East Indies the Chilean school ship General Baquedano was expected to arrive about just a few days. She arrived at Singapore on 19th November coming from Hong Kong. The British newspaper Straits Times warned in the meantime the authorities at Singapore to keep the control while the Chilean crew of 316 men seemed to be quiet unhinged in the Chinese harbour. Measurement 2.500 tons and an armament of 10 guns. Another Dutch newspaper Bataviaasch nieuwsblad dated 28th November reported her arrival coming from Singapore with as commanding officer Wilson.

Notes
1. Launched by Armstrong Whitworth, England in 5 July 1898, commissioned on 22 August 1899, refitted at Talcahuano 1922-1926, training ship until 1935, decommissioned on 15 December 1959. Also known as La Chancha or La Baquedano. Displacement 2.500 tons and as dimensions 277 x 45.9 (extreme) x 25.2 (depth) x 18 (mean draught) feet. Barque-rigged with a sail area of around17.500 square feet. Speed 13,75 knots. Horsepower 1.500hp supplied by vertical triple expansion engines of Messrs. Hawthorn, Leslie and Co. and 4 Belleville water tube boilers. Armament consisted of 2-7,6cm guns, 2-5,7cm guns and 2 machineguns; in 1898 mentioned 4-4.7” guns, 2-12-ld guns, 2-6pd guns, 2 Maximum machineguns and 1-18” torpedo tube.
2. She visited according to the Dutch Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1900-1901 Tandjong-Priok, Dutch East Indies between 27 November-1 December 1900. 

British tug Afon Goch 1997-

Schelde off Vlissingen, Netherlands 15 April 2018

Outer harbour of Vlissingen, Netherlands 15 April 2018


Inner harbour of Vlissingen, Netherlands 16 April 2018

United Kingdom-flagged, IMO 9150781, MMSI 232002785 and call sign MWIP7. Built by Hepworth Shipyard, Kingston upon Hall, United Kingdom in 1997. Gross register tonnage 129,3 tons, deadweight 123 tons and as dimensions 23,8 (over all) x 7,5 x 3,25 (depth) x 2 (draught) metres. Machinery consisted of 2 Caterpillar 3412 D.I.T.A. engines with a total horsepower of 1.450bhp at 1.800 rpm. Bollard pull 19 tons, Speed 11,1 (free running) knots. Owned and managed by Holyhead Towing Company Limited.