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VERY RARE
P. SMIT JR - ROTTERDAM
SHIP-BUILDER'S PLATE
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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