HISTORY


 
 
 
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  • Launched 1899, commissioned 1900 for the custom department of the Belgium state.

  • 1914-1918: Interned in Holland after the fall of Antwerp, 10 October 1914.

  • 15 March 1922: Return to the “Custom” as Argus.

  • March 1935: Sold to the Interprovinciale.

 
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  • Stoombootdiensten FLANDRIA N.V Dimensions registered as 30,6 x 6,4.

    May 1940: Requisitioned by “Corps de Marine” (Belgian Navy)- Sunk. Raised and repaired by the Germans.

  • 21 April 1942: Seized by Kreigsmarine and sailed to Hamburg for harbour duties.

  • 1945: Recovered at Hamburg, repaired.

 
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  • 11 December 1945: Return to owners at Antwerp and back in service as FLANDRIA VII.

  • 1952/53: Fitted out as a Red Cross hospital ship and renamed FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (Dutch flag).

  • 1958: Rebuilt and motorised, sold to the Rotterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij.

  • In the early seventies: Fitted out as a “party-boat” and operated as such for 18 years.

 
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  • November 1990: Handed over to Contship Ltd and subsequently crossed to Harwich and then moored in Ipswich docks. Transformed into an Italian restaurant named Il Punto.

  • June 2009: Relaunch as Mariners under the same ownership.

  • Sep 2018: Chef, Julien Jourdain buys the boat.

 

The Journey Continues…

 
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