Saturday, 4 February 2017

The condition of the Italian screw steam corvette Amerigo Vespucci while visiting Curacao according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1886-1887 no. 6

Zr.Ms. Atjeh

Model Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands. Original url

An item referred to a report of the commanding officer of the Dutch screw steamship 1st class Atjeh lying between 7 May-17 June 1886 off Curacao, Dutch West Indies. On 13th arrived there the Italian warship Amerigo Vespucci flagship of rear admiral Giuseppe Mautese coming from Cartagena, Columbia where she had been for some time. After a stay at Curacao of 14 days was she destined towards Trinidad where she would stay for 4-6 weeks. The Dutch commander wrote that although much attention was paid to the accommodation aft, the ship quite dirty was and that her crew regarded order and neatness a negative impression gave. The Italian exercised much with boats, something the Dutch officer regarded as a good case while this was one of the best ways to train petty officers.

1. Call sign GQCN, laid down at the navy yard at Amsterdam, Netherlands on 3 March 1875, launched on 6 December 1876, commissioned on 1 November 1877, converted at the shipyard De Lastdrager, Den Helder, Netherlands into an accommodation ship in 1906, commissioned on 8 November 1906, also used as training ship for sailors and Royal Netherlands Navy reserve, decommissioned as training ship on 21 May 1921, accommodation ship for the air force at Willemsoord until 1922, disarmed and stricken in 1929, sold for ƒ 23.501,00 to the N.V. Frank Rijsdijk’s industriële onderneming, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands to be broken up on 4 June 1935. Iron-built and wood-planked, when she was sailing could the telescopic funnel be lowered and the screw lifted, frigate rigged. Original specifications displacement 2.995 salt water tons-2.919 cubic metres, tonnage gross 2.160,17 tons (Moorsom classification), engineering room 1.163,53 tons and net excluded engineering room 996,65 tons, dimensions 80,00 (between perpendiculars)-84,30 (outside prow-outside rudder stern on load line)-91,85 (over all)x 12,10 (maximum on thrushes or within iron hull)-12,50 (on load line with wood planking hull) x 5,16 (design load line fore)-6,02 (design load line aft) x 7,67-10,22 (hold) metres, one 2.186 ihp horizontal direct working single expansion engine, speed 14,25 knots and a main armament of 6-17cm guns and 4-12cm guns. Designed in May 1874 as a cruiser for standard service included the Dutch East Indies.
2. Designer Carlo Vinga. Barque-rigged steel made screw steam corvette, laid down at the Arsenale di Venezia on 9 December 1879, launched on 31 July 1882, completed on 1 September 1884, training ship since 1893 and stricken in December 1928. With a displacement pf 2.493 (normal)-2.751 (full load) tons and as dimensions 78.0 (between perpendiculars)-85,4 (over all) x 12,8 x 5,48 metres. Surface midshipsection 52 square metres. Her crew numbered 268 men. Machinery consisted of 1 engine and 8 boilers supplying 3.50 nhp allowing a speed of 13 knots. With a coal bunker capacity of 500 tons was her range 10.000 nautical miles. Fitted out with a sloping protective deck. Original armament consisted of 8x1-14,9cm/27 guns, 3x1-7,5cm /21 guns and  Maxim machineguns.