Friday, 11 August 2017

Dutch screw steamship 4th class Bandjermassin heavily damaged by termites according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1886-1887 no. 9

An item dated Surabaya, Dutch East Indies 28 September 1886 reported that the Bandjermasin recently placed on the slipway for a new boarding were termites discovered outside the copper near the prow. After an examination became clear that the prow and the wood connection with the keel were seriously corroded.(1)

1. Bandjermassin, ex-Bandhermassing renamed 1880, screw steamship 4th class, call sign GQCT, composite-built and coppered, on stocks at the shipyard of the Kon. Fabriek van stoom- en andere werktuigen, Amsterdam, Netherlands in July 1873, launched on 7 April 1874, commissioned on 16 June 1874, dimensions 42-45 (over all) x 8,8 x 3,6 metres, a displacement of 730 tons, horsepower 90 hp/400 ehp, speed 9,5 miles, an armament of 3 guns (1879: 1 rifled 18cm gun, 2-12cm guns) and a crew numbering 80 men (1879). Decommissioned on 1 September 1894, stricken, condemned and sold for ƒ 10.000.