- Appeal category: Rejected new submission
- Portal Title: Museumship Schorpioen
- City, Region and Country: Willemsoord, Den Helder, The Netherlands
- Lat/long(s): 52.962565, 4.771158
Dear +NIA Ops
The museumship Schorpioen is a part of the in Den Helder on Willemsoord established Marine Museum. It is free to visit and explanation is given on special days about the history of this ship. A short summary is below.
The Zr. Ms. Schorpioen is a Dutch armored ship, was built in 1868 in Toulon, France. The Schorpioen formed together with its sister ship Buffel built in Scotland the core of the then new Royal Navy. They replaced the antiquated wooden ships of both steam propulsion as sails were using and smoothbore guns carried.
During construction, the ship was equipped with two tripod masts. The most eye-catching weapon was the 'ramsteven',
In 1908 the ship was decommissioned and transformed into a host ship. It housed the torpedo service, sailors training and the submarine service.
At the beginning of World War II, the ship fell into German hands and was towed to Germany to serve as the host ship. After the war, in 1947, the Schorpioen was found in Hamburg and towed back to Den Helder, where it was used again as host ship. in 1982 the ram ship was acquired by the Foundation ramship Schorpioen to put it in Middelburg public on the quay. After a long restoration it could open the doors on July 3, 1989.
In December 1998 the Royal Navy bought the ship back from the foundation. After this, the ram ship was braught back to the Naval Museum in Den Helder. In May 2000, after another restoration of eighteen months, the ship was opened to the public.
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