If you’ve yet to make your first trip to the Netherlands and you’re interested in tugboats, then Maassluis in one of a handful of must-see places.    Jan van der doe went there recently and sent these.  I was there last year and got some of the same photos, just two months later in the season.  As you can see,  the Dutch have wet and misty winters.  This is the “binnenhaven” or “inner harbor.”  For some great 1945 photos of the same place, click here.


I’m not repeating details on these boats, because most of them I commented on last year.


This boat’s name is tribute to the same person for whom our fair river is named, obviously.


Here we move counterclockwise around the harbor;  that white building with the pointy tower is the National Tugboat Museum.




I’d translate Krimpen as “shrink,” but I don’t know if that’s the sense here.


Here we’re back to the location of photo #1 but we look to the right, toward the big river, the Nieuwe Waterweg.  “Waterweg” translates as “waterway.”





If I walk in this direction a few blocks and follow this boat looking to my left, I’d be headed past Schiedam and the Mammoet Bollard Building and get to waters edge Rotterdam, about which I’ve done lots of posts.


All photos thanks to Jan van der Doe.