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P. SMIT JR - ROTTERDAM
THE LAST OF A BREED!
Presented is a rare and highly unusual quality
plate in exceptional condition. It has a nice dark brown patina. The 1969, Hull No. V662 plate is from
the Rotterdam, Holland yard of P. Smit Jr, a shipbuilder whose operations date back to the middle of the 1800's. There
is extensive amount of Dutch ship's built by this yard, but little is known about its history. It is known that in 1877
it founded Piet Smit Sleepdienst BV, a Dutch towage firm, which was taken over by Smit Internationaal as explained in Jansen & Van Heck’s “Duwvaart”,
p. 89. However, we can find little reference as to P. SMIT JR itself except the yard went bankrupt in 1988.
This plate belonged to the MS GOOILAND
of 4846 GRT with a LOA of 485' with a beam of 59' and a speed of 18 knots. The ship was built by Smit for Koninklijke
Hollandsche Lloyd and was later sold to Nedlloyd in 1981 for service in the Amsterdam-Brazil trade under the name
of Nedlloyd Gooiland. In 1986 ownership was transferred to Egypt and she was renamed Heliopolis Sky
until she was sent to the breakers.
As MS Nedlloyd Gooiland
Over the years, the yard is known to have built all kinds of ships
over an extensive period including large passenger liners and warships.
One of the more interesting is the German Navy's auxiliary vessel Externsteine which
entered service in 1944. She was designed as a modified trawler capable of operations in ice and was to be used for
establishing and supplying weather stations in the northern latitudes, especially Greenland. She was captured intact
by the USCGC Eastwind on 15 October 1944 off the coast of Greenland and became a prize-of-war. Her captors
renamed her USCGC East Breeze and a prize crew sailed her to Boston. Once in Boston she was turned over
to the U.S. Navy, who commissioned her as the USS Callao on 24 January 1945. SEE http://www.uscg.mil/history/WEBCUTTERS/East_Breeze_1944.html
Another of her builds was the Sydfold
built in Rotterdam 1918 she was delivered in Apr.-1918 from Machf. & Sheebswerf P. SMIT JR for Martin Clausen, Haugesund.
2434 gt, 1430 net, 3950 tdwt, 287.1' x 45.2' x 20.6', Triple exp. (by yard). Transferred to D/S A/S Fold in May-1920, management
of this company and the ship transferred to John K. Haaland, Haugesund in Febr.-1929, Trygve Eriksen (John K. Haaland &
Co.) from 1934.
This present an interesting opportunity for the
collector to discover the history of this yard and that of Hull No. V 662 which was launched in 1969 which would add much
to his satisfaction.
DIMENSIONS: 21 1/2" x 15" oval
WEIGHT: 25 lbs
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This is an outstanding find
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