Hr. Ms. Bonaire

Date of launch12 May 1877
Place of launchRotterdam
Type3-masted composite barquentine
Length53.6 m (176.0 ft)
Beam9.0 m (29.5 ft)
Draft3.9 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.

  • 1924
    Transfered to Delfzijl to serve as living quarters for the students of the Nautical College therein. Renamed Abel Tasman.

  • 1995
    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.

  • 2005
    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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