Hr. Ms. Bonaire
|Date of launch||12 May 1877
|Place of launch||Rotterdam
|Type||3-masted composite barquentine
|Length||53.6 m (176.0 ft)
|Beam||9.0 m (29.5 ft)
|Draft||3.9 m (12.7 ft)
Later names: Abel Tasman (1924), Bonaire
- 12 May 1877
Built at Feijenoord for the Royal Netherlands Navy as a screw steamship 4th class with barquentine rig and a retractable screw.
Transfered to Delfzijl to serve as living quarters for the students of the Nautical College therein. Renamed Abel Tasman.
The College closed. Since then laying in a basin in Den Helder. There have been plans to restore the vessel but no funds were available.
- 30 April 2004
The vessel sank at her moorings, but was raised again the same year.
A foundation for restoring the vessel was established, and a 7-year restoration program is scheduled.
|The Hr. Ms. Bonaire. |
|The Abel Tasman in Delfzijl. |
|The Bonaire refloated. |
Photo by Dick Vries
Thanks to Jan Klootwijk for providing some of the information above.
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