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Janga Bork is NOT a Dutch fishing vessel, although the unusual (?) hull brings it to the top of this post. The “L” prefix on the hull identifies it as Danish.
By the way, the aggressive newish spell checker always tries to change my preferred spelling of “sixth boro” to “sixth bork.” You may have seen some “typos” I missed. I’m very happy to learn that Bork is in fact the name of lovely Danish seaside town that I must visit one of these years.
For (slightly dated) info on Dutch society and fish, click here. For a thought-provoking op-ed piece by Paul Greenberg on the plight of US fishing industry, click here. The “UK” on the trawler below, Sursum Cordo, identifies it as registered in Urk. Fishing vessels from all over –see Stellendam below–bring their catch to Ijmuiden, just outside Amsterdam.
Here’s sister ship Scombrus.
Smaller trawlers Seagull and Flamingo are sculptural.
The “Z” on Flamingo stands for Zeebruge in Belgium.
In a Den Helder drydock, it’s Grietje Hendrika by the top sign and St. Antonius (Belgian) in raised metal letters below.
No surprise Dr. Maarten Luther is German.
In the town of Haarlem, the fish merchant is one of the more recently built buildings.
In the same square, this take on “blind justice” is a refreshing leap backwards.
Another restored Dutch steam vessel Hydrograaf has a name that reveals the mission for which it was launched over a century ago.
I have more, but for now . . . as the Dutch say . . . Stop.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Whatzit? Answer can be found at the end of this post.
Here a huge–by sixth boro standards–bulk carrier Percival offloads coal at the Tata steel works near the salty end of the Nordzee Canal.
Here Russian drillship Bavenit makes its way to sea through the Nordzee Canal.
This is diveship Nehalennia, which takes sport divers out helmet diving off the Dutch coast.
This has to be the most unlikely repurposing of an old ferry: overflow parking for bicycles just north of the main train station in Amsterdam.
Here’s the main parking on the south side of the same station!!
Here are a few vessels of Acta Marine at their yard in Den Helder. They specialize in workboats for shallow waters. L to R, Coastal Surveyor 2, Jutter, and Coastal Explorer.
This has to be the only vessel of this design . . . with leeboards! I know nothing more about it.
In Zaandam, translation of boat name is “flyer.”
Other than that Zuiderzee is a government vessel with a crane, I can say much else.
Here’s a more bucolic Zaandam sight, two windmills . . . one decapitated.
The intact capped and spinning one, was sawing logs!
And to bring this installment to a close, the first photo here was NEMO, an Amsterdam science center.
All photos by Will Van Dorp . . . who feels like he’s hopping between continents.
Unlike in the US, the Dutch lifeboat or life saving organization is NOT part of the Coast Guard. In fact, it’s a volunteer group with really impressive vessels. Click here for more info on KNRM, that group.
The next two photos were taken outside the KNRM museum in Den Helder.
North Sea petroleum vessels lie here near the Amsterdam/Zaandam border.
All photos taken by Will Van Dorp, who hopes to get back to Coney Island this weekend for the m e r m a i d s.
Aaron is the smallest of the fleet.
Friesland . . . built 1982.
Here’s another shot of Triton (farther) and Telstar (nearer).
Another shot of Triton, built 2008 in Turkey.
Svitzer Svezia, Italy 1988.
PA 1 aka Castor looks like it could tow if equipment were added, but it’s actually an enforcement vessel.
And we end with a 1927 boat . . . aptly named . . . Obsessie.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
What a concept . . . all you can eat pancakes while motoring around Dutch waterways!
Aurora is a Cargill-operated cocoa tanker. Read the faint print on the starboard side of the tank.
Aqua Shuttle in Rotterdam and
School ship Princes Beatrix.
City Supplier . . as its sibling Beerboat keeps trucks out of the narrow streets in Amsterdam.
Colorful housing near a maritime school over on the north side of the Ij
is actually repurposed containers.
Two more work boats for now:
Scheurrak is a survey boat.
I love leeboards and the really upswept bow.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, and I have more from the gallivant, but they may have to wait to late next week.
Louise van der Wees is less new.
But it was the sheer number of restored-to-operational-condition vintage tugs that impressed me, like the 1946 SS. Gebr. Bever. If that link is in Dutch, you can switch languages at the bottom.
Ditto Roek, 1930.
Spes . . . 1946
Wisent and many more.
a 1977 Hercules.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Personal note: Today I begin an extended gallivant in northern and western New York, the state. I have many more Dutch photos, but my ability to post may be limited.
I am now back in the place formerly known as New Amsterdam trying to sort out the sights of what is still the original Amsterdam and environs . . . from the Maas to Den Helder. A little self-disclosure . . . because I was born when my parents were still learning basic English and therefore spoke Dutch before I started English in school, I still speak fluent but broken Dutch. I also have lots of relatives in the Netherlands who indulge my interest in tugboats and other workboats.
Watchstander on Mahu M880 is occupied by someone with a sense of humor.
Radio Veronica has been transformed into an eatery as has
Live on the water and want to grow your own salads?
No problem and you further insulate your home.
The canals of Amsterdam and many other waterways in the country have floating housing, although this style of vessel–some built in the US after WW2–are NOT
out of service. Here binnenvaart boats service cruise ships in the port of Amsterdam and
Given the water in the Netherlands and old low bridges, tugboat technology and design evolved a unique set of vessels called
Lara dates from
1926. DAF powers this vessel.
Greta is just beautiful . . or mooi, as my relatives would say.
Telescoping portions of vessels can be seen everywhere like on Egalite,
Bonheur. Odin, formerly of the sixth bork and now permanently fixed in place, would have fit in nicely here.
This river cruiser has a wheelhouse on a scissors jack, and this
Seajacks Kraken defies all telescoping.
There’s so much moe to unpack, so let me leave it here . . . more Dutch invention and reinvention.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who will soon head north with my red passport.