Friday, 21 July 2017

Venezuelan warships General Rivas and Mariscal de Ayacucho visiting Curacao, Dutch East Indies according to Dutch naval report dated 1896

In the period 1895-1896 was the Dutch screw steamship 4th class Hr. Ms. Sommelsdijk stationed in the Dutch West Indies visiting the several islands belonging to this colony cruised she in the Caribbean. She was replaced by the screw steamship 3rd class Hr. Ms. Alkmaar on 23 June. On 30 April 1896 arrived the Venezuelan warship General Rivas commanded by José los Santos Sanchez at Curacao, Dutch West Indies with on tow the Venezuelan warship Mariscal de Ayachico. The latter was heavy damaged by a fire on board while at sea and needed repairs. The General Rivas was described as a small steamer with 3 quick firing guns, and left in 1 May again. She returned on 30th July with some guns for the sill being repaired Mariscal de Ayacucho. The next day departed she again destined towards Orchilla, Venezuela.

Jaarboek van de Koninklijke Nederlandsche Zeemacht 1895-1896.