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FA. Bart Historic Ship Models


Unique ship model of the
lifeboat "Insulinde"

Dimensions: 63 x 14 x 36 cm.
Scale: 1:33
Price: EURO.1350,00
Incl. 19 % VAT
Excl. display case
EXW Papendrecht.
Not an antique.




For the people

In the early twenties The Netherlands was startled by a series of accidents with lifeboats in which several people died.

Also in the former colony Netherlands East India (Indonesia) people were impressed and these incidents led there to a fundraiser for a lifeboat of a completely new design. According to a suggestion of lifeboat skipper Mees Toxopeus and shipbuilder Niestern from Delfzijl, it would be like a submarine, but sailing on the surface. With a dump tank and heavy bottom, the ship would be up at all times and suitable to endure the heavy surf of the swallow Dutch coast even during heavy storms. In 1927 the ship came into service and was naturally named “Insulinde”, which is an old name for Indonesia. It was an excellent ship and a revolutionary novelty in those days.

From the station of Oostmahorn she saved in the period from 1927 to 1965 a total of 332 people from dangerous situations. The “Insulinde” is now reliving her old days as a showpiece in the recue museum in Den Helder.

To save people, that is just the job of a lifeboat. She always sails, despite the weather, for friend and foe, for people of every nation. That is a statement in itself She is simply for the people.