Wagenveer 3

Posted: 1 October, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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Picture from collection R.N. via http://jostelleman.web-log.nl

Picture from collection R.N. via http://jostelleman.web-log.nl

Picture from collection R.N. via http://jostelleman.web-log.nl

Picture from collection R.N. via http://jostelleman.web-log.nl

Wagenveer 3

IMO : n/a

Build : 1928 by Bonn & Mees – Rotterdam in the Netherlands, nr ??

Wagenveer means carferry, knowing that it probably says a lot more about the construction of the vessel in question. But damn, how ugly was she?? This only shows that ugly ferries aren’t a trend of nowadays but also in the socalled “Golden Olden” days they knew how to make an ugly vessel. Actually; they were well ahead of their times as they had an O.U.S. well before the internet, let alone this website existed!

Build in 1928 she had a in height adjustable cardeck, probably to compensate for tide-differences. She and her sisters were used intensely between various places on the river Maas in Rotterdam untill 1967 when all the tunnels underneath the river were completed and they became obsolete.

Although one of the 4 sisters was converted to a firefighting vessel and was used in that role till 1979.

If you happen to have or know more information about these ferries: Jos from http://jostelleman.web-log.nl would like to know more about them.

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Comments
  1. bowsprite says:

    sigh, another underused pergola.

  2. W. Kruit says:

    This is a perfect example of “Form Follows Function”. If you want to ferry vehicles across a tidal water without dealing with large and expensive movable bridges te compensate for the tide, you end up with a contraption like this…
    Those vessels were by no means attractive*, but they were very efficient in their rĂ´le!
    *Were does it say, that a vessel has to be beautiful? A ship has to be efficient and has to do what she was designed to do, at minimum cost to the owner….

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