The other day the National Dutch Towage Museum was happy to receive a very beautiful model of the tug PASSAAT. The model was donated to the museum in October 2014 by the constructor, Mr. J. Maassen from Arnheim, The Netherlands.
Mr. Maassen is not unknown to the museum: In the past he has built a splendid model of the steam tug LAUWERZEE, that also has been donated to our museum.
The model of the PASSAAT has been positioned in the so called central staircase of the museum and can be admired by anyone underway to one of the other halls.
As our co-worker went out to fetch the model in Arnheim, he had the opportunity to watch the other ships that have been built by Mr. Maassen. Almost the entire third floor of Mr. Maassen's home is loaded with the most beautiful models in a vast diversity: from sailing yachts to old freighters and coasters, each model of a perfect scale and quality. Among others there was a beautiful small model of a tug of the N.I.S.H.M., called the PIEF. Also a small steam tug of Piet Smit was discovered by our co-worker. It is almost a museum by itself.
Obviously, we are very delighted to be able to add the beautiful model of the PASSAAT to our collection. We invite everyone to come and admire the new model!
For those who might be interested in the details of the tug PASSAAT, please read the following:\r\n
The coastal tug PASSAAT was built in 1956 as yard number 378 by the "ASM - Arnhemse Scheepsbouw Mij" ("Prins") at Arnheim, The Netherlands.
She was 280 grt and 78 nrt. Her dimensions were: length 32,82 m (29,52 m), beam 8,79 m(8,54 m), draught 3,728 m and depth 4,32 m.
The PASSAAT's propulsion system consisted of 1 fixed propeller in a nozzle, driven by a 4-takt 8-cylinder Werkspoor diesel engine, power output 1.250 bhp (919 kW), speed 11 knots.
On January 3rd 1957 she was delivered by the shipyard to the owner "CSM - Curacaosche Scheepvaart Mij"; the management company was "Shell Antillen" at Willemstad, Curacao (Antilles).
Her sistership was (with small differences) the KORAAL. These ships assisted tankers berthing and unberthing at the Curacao Shell oil refinery.
She was registered at Willemstad, Curacao, Antilles under Dutch flag, call sign PJGY, IMO number 5271379 and Lloyd's Register number 66-67:527137.
In 1979 the PASSAAT was sold to Malcolm A. Browne at San Fernando (Trinidad and Tobago).
In 1994 she was sold again, this time to an unknown owner.
In 2001 the PASSAAT was deleted from Lloyd's Register because of serious doubt over her existence.
Until now nothing has been heard of the PASSAAT.
(source: The Tugslist, photos above: Helderline)\r\n
Under: Photo of the new model of the tug PASSAAT\r\n