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This is a unique ship. It was built in 1877 for the Royal Navy of the Netherlands in a three-masted Barquentine rig. It was a steamship as well with a retractable screw. She was 176 feet and had a draft of 12.7 feet and a beam of 29.5 feet.

In 1924 she was renamed Abel Tasman for living quarters for college students. The college closed in 1995 and the vessel lay in a basin for a while. In 2004, she sank at her moorings on April 30th but was raised again in that same year. A foundation for restoring the ship was set up in 2005, with a projected restoration time of seven years. Let us hope in 2012, this vessel will float again.

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