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Dutch salvage tug 'Barentsz-Zee' of 1957
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No: 22064   Contributor: David T. Jackson   Year: 1965   Manufacturer: Other   Country: Malta
Dutch salvage tug 'Barentsz-Zee' of 1957

Salvage tug "Barentsz-Zee" (526 tons gross, completed June 1957 by Schps. L. Smit & Zoon, Kinderdijk), owned by L. Smit & Co's Internationale Sleepdienst, Rotterdam, in Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta, on 11th April 1964. In 1977 she was transferred to Smit-Lloyd B.V., Singapore, & renamed "Smit Jakarta". Some time later she became the "Dr. Daniels" & was involved in the "Mariel boatlift" of Cuban "refugees" to Florida in May 1980, following which she was seized by the U.S. authorities & sold at auction to Capt. Craig Bailey (see which contains a copy of Smit's original brochure for the ship; however, he gives a different date for her construction - 1955 v. 1957 in a 1960s Lloyd's Register book). She was resold by him in 1983.
Picture added on 27 April 2013 at 07:38
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I don't believe this to be a photo of "Barentz Zee". Firstly there are no fire monitors on the after mast, to many Dutch bars, and to many deck house windows, More likely one of the larger Smit tugs like the "Elbe",

Added by Captain Craig Bailey on 17 November 2013.
Yes it is, look at -SZ ZEE on the stern of the tug. The Elbe and Clyde(sisters) were larger and had names of rivers. The Barentsz Zee and Tasman Zee (also sisters) had names of seas. I'm not sure it was april 1964.

Added by Sjaak Sonneveld on 17 November 2013.
Hi, Craig. I've rechecked the (higher definition) scan of my original slide and the name on the stern clearly ends in "...TSZ-ZEE" which fits with the name "Barentsz-Zee" (with a hyphen) that I noted down when taking the photo. Comparing the photo to the Smit brochure on your own home page, it seems pretty much identical (including the number of windows & the hyphen in the name) except (as you say) for the monitor; this could have been added after I took the photo.

Added by David T. Jackson on 18 November 2013.
Further my comment earlier today, I also had a look at my old journal. The entry for Sunday 11th April 1965 (sorry, I got the year wrong in my original upload!) reads "... we walked along Cascaris Wharf, where several fishing boats and the Dutch deep-sea tug "Barentsz-zee" were moored ..." As you see in the photo, she was in a "Mediterranean moor" with the stern end-on to the wharf so the name was easy to read on walking past.

Added by David T. Jackson on 18 November 2013.
On further examination, I must be wrong. The paint scheme is confusing. Its been many years now and unfortunately she is not around any more. Apparently on the bottom off Baha California. She was a wonderful vessel to sail.

Added by Captain Craig Bailey on 19 November 2013.
Dit is de barentszzee . ik heb hierop gevaren in 19/60 als matroos OG. naar housten amerika ,

Added by W Pauwels on 03 August 2014.
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