Monday, 24 April 2017

Dutch shipyard Kon. Mij. De Schelde interested in delivering torpedo boats for Uruguay according to letter dated 29 January 1908

Torpedo cruiser Uruguay

On 29 January 1908 wrote Van Leeuwen (1) to the shipyard that he was pleased with the letter dated 3rd in which he was appointed as representative for the shipyard in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.  He referred to an earlier letter in which he claimed to have contacted an influential person in the Uruguay cabinet for a possible delivery of torpedo boats. While Van Leeuwen heard that the shipyard in the meantime already was negotiating (2), asked he in which stage the talks were to prevent a chaos when two parties were working at the same time at the same project. Despite all efforts the Kon. Mij. De Schelde never succeeded in obtaining orders in South-America for building torpedo boats and/or submarines.

1. W. van Leeuwen&Co., Buenos Aires, Argentina, representatives of the Dutch shipyard Kon. Mij. De Schelde, Vlissingen, Netherlands.
2. Probably is referred here to the torpedo cruiser Uruguay, which order despite the fact that the Dutch shipyard was among the cheapest was given to the German shipyard Vulkan. See on