Monday, 24 April 2017

The Argentinean naval program according to a letter dated 18 November 1908 received by the Dutch shipyard Kon. Mij. De Schelde

On 18 November 1908 wrote Van Leeuwen (1) to the shipyard that the Argentine program consisted of one very fast armoured cruiser with a value of 17.182.000 US dollars, 4 destroyers 1st class with a total value of 4.581.819 US dollars , 8 destroyers 1st class with a total value of 5.498.182 US dollars and a floating battery with a value of 6.818.082 US dollars. It seems as if the Argentinean government intended to pay in promissory notes. The Senate still did not approve the program but the Argentine naval commission at London, England was very interested in the large British shipyards. 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.