Angry about the sale of the steam tug Rosalie to Turkey

by Hans | January 18th, 2014

Lovers of steamers are getting angry about the sale of the steam tug Rosalie to a museum in Turkish Istanbul.

The Rosalie is one of the oldest steam tugs of their kind, restores with subsidies and sold for scrap price. The ship was built in 1873 under the name Den Briel in command of the Corps Torpedisten by J&K Smit in Kinderdijk. The ship still has the original 95 HP diagonal compound steam engine and is therefore the only one of its kind.

The ship has a rich history. The Brielle was used for laying sea mines in the mouth of the river Maas and served from 1873 to 1924 the Corps for Torpedisten. The Royal family was on board the tug Den Briel in 1922 during the 1st April celebration when the tug entered the port of Den Briel for the 350th anniversary of the capture of Brielle by the Watergeuzen.

After 1924 the ship served under different owners as tug until 1976, after which an Amsterdam tugboat saved her from demolition. Hereafter she was owned by hobbyists from Enkhuizen and Havelte. Then is was restored for € 175,000 with different (Government) subsidies. A large part of the underwater hull was renewed and a new steam boilers was installed. The tugboat lovers, united in the Steamboat Association, failed to bring the tug back to her homeport Brielle.

The price of € 200,000, was to high, even when the price was lowered to € 150,000. The Brielse tugboat lovers are pissed now that the ship has been sold for the scrap price of € 50,000. The Brielse tugboat lovers are sure that this was possible to brought up this money to buy  the tug. In addition, they find it incomprehensible that with Dutch Government money the tug has been sold under the price to abroad. At present the Rosalie is still in Maassluis waiting for transport to Istanbul. The tugboat lovers hope the ship can still under the name Brielle be moored in Brielle.


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