Monday, 24 April 2017

Dutch shipyards should cooperate for obtaining naval orders in South America in 1908

The newest Dutch torpedo boat Hr. Ms. Zeeslang built by Kon. Mij. De Schelde

On 29 July 1908 wrote Van Leeuwen to the shipyard that also the Dutch shipyards Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (represented by J.P. Bredius) and Fijenoord were interested in obtaining orders for torpedo boats and so on. He suggested that it was perhaps a good idea if the Dutch shipyards combined their efforts against the concurrency. Argentine was also planning to increase her fleet after the huge orders form the Brazilian navy in England. 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. 

Archive Kon. Mij. De Schelde 1875-1960 (Municipality Archive Vlissingen) T. 214.258.