Saturday, 20 May 2017

Dutch screw steamship 4th class Zr. Ms. Benkoelen undergone heavy repairs 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 Zr. Ms. Benkoelen lay on the slip to be broken down to her thrushes and to be fitted out with a new hull.(1)

1. Screw steamship 4th class, iron-built wood-planked and zinced, on stocks at the shipyard of Ned. Stoomboot Mij, Fijenoord, Netherlands with yard number 106 on 5 April 1879, launched on 30 October1879, departed the shipyard on 13 April 1880, commissioned on 21 April 1880, building costs ƒ  380.000,00, unsuccessful attempt to get rid of termites using steam and sulphur in 1885, served in the Dutch East Indies, dimensions 45-53,6 (over all) x 9 x 3,6 metres, a displacement of 850 tons, speed 9-9,9 miles with 487,5 hp at trial, coal bunker capacity 99 tons, sail area 742,6 square metres, horsepower 500 ihp, an armament of 4 guns (1885: 1-15 cm gun, 3-12cm guns) and a crew numbering 104 men (76 Europeans, 28 natives).