THE VOYAGE OF THE GELDERLAND

  • Johannes Vrugtman Retired United States civil servant
Keywords: Ship commissioning ceremonies, Her Royal Netherlands Majesty's Navy, HMS Gelderland, Kapitein ter Zee (captain) Jacques Henri Leonard Jean, President Kruger

Abstract

In midsummer dawn comes early in the Netherlands and normally the sun would have been well above the horizon before the first stirrings of activity at the Willemsoord naval base at Nieuwediep. However, on this 15th day of July 1900 things were different. It was the day on which the sleek white shape at the outfitting dock would be commissioned and formally join the fleet. As a result work details were busy from early light to put the finishing touches to the grandstand and to see that everything was shipshape.
Published
2012-02-28
How to Cite
Vrugtman, J. (2012). THE VOYAGE OF THE GELDERLAND. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 11(3). https://doi.org/10.5787/11-3-664
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Articles