Snoopy

Snoopy

Snoopy

I obtained Snoopy on October 19, 1975. She was a humble ship's lifeboat conversion, who started her life in 1937 as the jollyboat of the passenger liner TSMV Noordam of the Holland America Line. This vessel having been a troopship during the war, was reconverted a passenger liner in 1946. The passenger accommodation was extended. The jollyboat was promoted to become ship's lifeboat Noordam 5 to be able to accommodate 17 persons according to her certificate numbered SIR 2506. In 1948 an engine was fitted. The new certificate, SIR 1969, stated her to be a ships lifeboat/man-over-board boat, with a capacity of 16 persons.

In this way she served till 1967 when the Noordam was decommissioned. For a while she was a fishing boat, and though she is built from very durable teak planking on oak framing, she showed cracks in her sternpost and a few planks. The owner at that time gave her to his nephew who took the engine out, covered her in GRP and made her a barge yacht.

This was her condition when I bought her. Pretty but crippled.
From 1979 till 1981 I took her apart to the bare hull, repaired the planking, renewed 15 timbers, added frames and floors, renewed the sternpost, reconditioned the transom, increased the depth by one more strake, sanded off the grp, built in an engine and fitted a new deck cabin and interior.
In spite of her humble length of 18 feet only, Snoopy appeared to be very seaworthy. Several North Sea crossings were made, and in 2004 I took her on a single handed sail of 4 months from Holland to Falmouth, the Azores, the Irish South and East coast, Scotland through the Crinan and Caledonian Canal and from Inverness, via the Eastcoast, back to Holland.

Kees Koomen