Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Dutch ram turret Zr. Ms. Koning der Nederlanden cruising in the Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch newspaper dated 17 June 1889

Model Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Original source

An item dated Batavia, Dutch East Indies 15th reported the departure of the Dutch ram turret Zr. Ms. Koning der Nederlanden captain Arriens towards Atjeh, Dutch East Indies.

1. The ship was designed by B.J. Tideman before the Noordzeekanaal was available, so it was a comprise between armour, artillery and horsepower. The result was a stern which was to 'full' and forced shaped. Ram turret, call sign GQMB, originally she was to be named Matador, on stocks at the naval yard at Amsterdam, Netherlands 28 November 1871, renamed Koning der Nederlanden on 24 February 1872 (other source claims even 24 April 1874), launched on 28 October 1874, commissioned on 16 February 1877 (other source claims 15 August 1876), transferred to the Indische Militaire Marine in 1894, decommissioned 1 April 1895, in August 1896 started the rebuilding at the naval yard at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies as a guard ship, commissioned on 1 December 1899, stricken in 1914 and became accommodation ship for the crew of the ships which were repaired and later for the submarine force, by Dutch navy personnel at Surabaya set on fire and sunk to prevent capture by the Japanese on 2 March 1942. Dimensions 81.78/85.24 (over all) x 15.20 x 5.83/8.93m, 5400 ton displacement , 2 engines with totally 7 boilers supplied 4630 ihp, 2 screws, speed 12 knots, coal capacity 620 ton, armed with 4-28cm guns and 4-12 cm guns. The crew numbered 250 men. Fitted out with 3 masts. Trial off Texel 26 July 1877. Total costs while being prepared to depart for the first time to sea  fl. 3.220.170,00.