Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dutch screw steamship 4th class Zr. Ms. Pontianak under repair at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1887-1888 no. 6

An item dated Surabaya, Dutch East Indies 29 June 1887 reported that the Dutch screw steamship 4th class Zr. Ms. Pontianak lay in repair for machinery and boilers until 1 September.(1)

1. Call sign GQRH, on stocks at the Koninklijke Fabriek van stoom- en andere werktuigen, Amsterdam, Netherlands in July 1873, launched in December 1873, commissioned by lieutenant 1st class J.H. Commijs on 25 May 1874, left the shipyard on 28 May 1874, used for several voyages towards Netherlands New Guinea and the Aroe Islands to supervise the pearl fishers in 1893-1894, decommissioned on 1 February 1893, condemned and sold for ƒ 10.000,00. Composite-built and coppered. Displacement 732 tons, dimensions 42,00-45,00 x 8,80 x 3,60 metres, one horizontal working injection condensing engine, one screw, speed 9,5 miles and horsepower 90 nhp. Her crew numbered in 1885 75 Europeans and 24 natives. Original armament consisted of 1-rifled 18cm guns and 2-12cm KA no.1 guns, replaced in 1891 at Surabaya, Dutch East Indies by 1 rifled 16cm gun and 2-3,7cm guns.