Built in 1889 in Breda (Amsterdam),Vriendschap is a 133-year old former Dutch cargo barge.
A Dutch Sleepvrachtschip (sleepboot) barge built in the Netherlands from riveted iron. She would have been towed on the river Rhine and its connected rivers by steam tugs, which would often tow several such barges at once. All riveted wrought iron displacement hull with pointed bow, counter stern and rounded chines. Built with lap and butt jointed shell on rolled steel ‘L’ angle frames. Originally built to a medium heavy standard.
Converted to a single screw motor ship in 1968 with a 'Deutz 230 pk' inboard six cylinder, naturally aspirated keel cooled diesel engine (engine no longer operational). The hull has not been lengthened or shortened and maintains the appearance as it was built originally in 1889.
Weighing approximately 200 tonnes, Vriendschap is 49.70m long, with a width of 7.44m.
The barge would carry up to a maximum of 458 tonnes of cargo.
De Vriendschap Owners:
1889 - J. van Biezen
1926 - L.A. van der Zalm
1937 - G. van der Veen
1959 - L. van der Veen
1998 - Paul Clements
2017 - Paul Powlesland
2020 - Ramsgate Arts Barge Community Interest Company
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