Hr. Ms. Bonaire

Date of launch12 May 1877
Place of launchRotterdam
Type3-masted composite barquentine
GRT-
NRT-
DWT837
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.


Pictures:
The Hr. Ms. Bonaire.
The Abel Tasman in Delfzijl.
The Bonaire refloated.
2004
Photo by Dick Vries

Thanks to Jan Klootwijk for providing some of the information above.


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