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Photographer:Hannes van Rijn [View profile]Title:CastorAdded:Jan 14, 2014
Captured:August 26, 2013IMO:8633114Hits:2,488
Location:Maasvlakte, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Photo Category: Museum Ships
Owner:Stichting "Castor" Rotterdam The Netherlands.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Redeemer (Until 2006 Oct)
- Castor (Until 1988 Jan)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Research/survey Vessel
Gross tonnage:439 tons
Length:46 m
Beam:8 m
Draught:3.2 m

Additional Information
Build year:1950
AIS Information
Last known position:
51°54’11.85” N, 4°28’45.55” E
Speed, course (heading):
4.4kts, 142° (76°)
Arrival:4th Nov 2021
20:40:01 UTC
Last update:
15 days 1 hour ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2016 November 4th, 20:40:04 UTC(.5,,)
2015 November 4th, 20:40:26 UTC(.5,,)
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Photo Comments (15)

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Trygve Eriksen on Jan 15, 2014 22:21 (7 years ago)
Thank you for interesting information abt. the guns and pilot vessels as a part of the Coasal Defence.
Guest on Jan 15, 2014 12:34 (7 years ago)
Thank you Jan for your information, that's what I love about this website, the learning curve and excellent photos!

Cheers, Dan.
Jan HvH on Jan 15, 2014 12:28 (7 years ago)
Formerly the Dutch pilot service was part of the Navy. The pilot cutters were part of the coastal defence. The crews were trained on the naval base in Den Helder every year.
Guest on Jan 15, 2014 11:29 (7 years ago)
Interesting, never noticed it guess my eyes were too focused on the orange tender! Why did they have a gun fitted ?

Cheers, Dan.
Hannes van Rijn on Jan 15, 2014 11:07 (7 years ago)
Many Dutch pilot vessels in the 50/60 had a gun on the foredeck .
Trygve Eriksen on Jan 15, 2014 10:58 (7 years ago)
For me, it seems that Castor have a gun onboard, for what purpose??
Hannes van Rijn on Jan 15, 2014 10:29 (7 years ago)
Thanks Arjan for your comments on this picture.

Arjan Elmendorp on Jan 15, 2014 09:36 (7 years ago)
Magnificent schip and very nice pic Hannes.
Regards, Arjan.
Hannes van Rijn on Jan 15, 2014 07:34 (7 years ago)
Hi Bendt and Graham.
Thank for your comments on the photo of the vessel Castor.

bendt nielsen on Jan 15, 2014 01:57 (7 years ago)
What a lovely old ship, great picture.
Graham Moore on Jan 15, 2014 00:01 (7 years ago)
I would agree that the rescue boat is in the correct original colours, while the rest of the ship is not, but the owners have chosen a very smart paint scheme. One thing that sometimes irks me though, is the number of big gaudy sponsor's flags flown on some preserved vessels. Sometimes it just looks like washday at the circus. Sorry for being an old grump, but I support charities, but don't feel the need to shout about it all the time. ...Oh, darn, I just did...
Hannes van Rijn on Jan 14, 2014 22:03 (7 years ago)
Your right , but it is up to the owners.
Guest on Jan 14, 2014 21:34 (7 years ago)
Thanks for the reply Hannes, I see it now, I remember them when we used to pick up pilots heading up to Rotterdam and flushing etc, still, it should be white and black !

Cheers, Dan.
Hannes van Rijn on Jan 14, 2014 21:22 (7 years ago)
Hi Dan.

The boat on deck, was originally a pilot tender.The orange cap was for the wind and the spray.They used the cap when they have to transfer a Pilot to another vessel,
Guest on Jan 14, 2014 20:49 (7 years ago)
Lovely photo Hannes, but I am thinking that the orange rescue boat should be white to blend in with the rest of the elegant lines.

Guess it could be a SOLAS requirement?

Cheers, Dan.
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