Ferry Friesland (1956)

Mid 1950s Terschelling shipping company Doeksen ordered a new ferry, named Friesland (1956). Until being replaced by a new ferry with the same name in 1989, the ‘old’ ferry Friesland (1956) was in service between Harlingen and Terschelling island. After 33 years in Doeksen service, the ship is in service for IJsselmeer round trips nowadays. Earlier BFT1250.nl released a 1/1250 scale model of this new Friesland, now the time is right for a ship model of the old Friesland.


History ferry Friesland (1956)

During the 1950s Doeksen’s ferry fleet existed mainly of old Zeeland ferries, acquired in the 1930s, but built in the 1910s. Because these steamers were vastly outdated, Doeksen decided it was time for a newly built ferry. Shipyard P. de Vries Lentsch in the city of Alphen aan den Rijn was designated to built the 52 meter long ship destined for the route Harlingen – Terschelling.
Not long after putting the new Friesland (1956) ferry into service, Doeksen discovered a major miscalculation. By the end of the 1950s the use of cars grew exponentially in The Netherlands. However, the ferry Friesland was not suited for transporting these amounts of cars. A way to settle this for Doeksen was to lease a ferry from Zeeland. In later years Doeksen acquired larger, ropax ferries. Due to these fleet expansions, the ferry Friesland managed to remain in service until the end of the 1980s. After being sold by Doeksen, Terschelling’s grand old lady became an inland cruise ship at different Dutch locations, to the present day.


The ferry Friesland (1956) is a fantastic addition to your model collection.

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