Sponsor action for renewal of the bridge deck ss FURIE

by Hans | March 29th, 2015

The FURIE is the last steam powered seagoing tug in The Netherlands. Built in 1916 at Bodewes shipyards in Groningen, she worked until well into the 1970’s for the paper industry in Sweden. She was then purchased for a role in the legendary TV series Hollands Glorie, based on Jan de Hartog’s novel of the same name. In 1978 she became the property of a specially created foundation, the Stichting Hollands Glorie in Maassluis.
Over the past 35 years a great deal of work has been undertaken by the volunteers with the aim of restoring her as far as possible to her original state and also to keep her sailing. It is clear that this has been successful given that she has been accorded the status of Sailing Museum and included in the National Register of Sailing Monuments. That the FURIE is officially certified to sail with passengers (max. 40) is unique.

Time for a Celebration Next year the FURIE will be 100 years old, an event that we certainly plan to celebrate. Of course, she needs to be in tiptop order so that we can celebrate her 100th birthday with her in her full glory. However, before the celebrations can begin there is a hefty restoration program that needs to be undertaken. Replacement of the Wooden Bridge Deck It is essential to replace the wooden bridge deck around the wheelhouse since this leaks in many places. This is a major operation because not only the wooden deck but also the steel under the deck needs to be replaced.

We have obtained quotes for the woodwork on the bridge deck from Scheepstimmerwerf De Hoop in Workum and for the ironwork from De Haas in Maassluis. The total cost is about € 90,000. This is a costly operation and one that the Foundation cannot fund, hence this particular sponsor action.

Sponsor Action
We would like to request your help in the form of a financial contribution. If you are willing you can sponsor one or more sections of deck planking for € 250 per piece.

What’s in it for you?
Firstly, you will be listed on the FURIE website as a “deck plank sponsor” and, following completion of the repairs, you will receive a small section of the original deck planking. Additionally, your name will be entered in a lottery and 15 of you will be selected to take a boat trip for two aboard the FURIE.

Want to become a sponsor?
If you wish to become a sponsor please send an e-mail to info@furie.nl with the text Sponsor Action in the Subject field. Please include the following details in your e-mail:
 The name and full address of the sponsor (and, if appropriate, the name of the person submitting the request on behalf of the sponsor).
 The billing address.
 The number of deck planks you wish to sponsor. The treasurer of the Foundation will then send you an invoice. Thank you for your interest.

We are pleased to note that the first sponsors have already signed up.

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