History rescue vessels type President Jan Lels
When the NZHRM (‘De Noord’) lifeboat company developed the first self-righting ship Insulinde, the ZHMRS (‘De Zuid’) was also developing its own type of self-righting lifeboat. A logical development, since a number of Dutch lifeboats had been turned during heavy storms in the 1920s, which caused many deaths. The solution was to build ships that were able to self-align after capsizing.
In 1927, the ZHMRS commissioned the Koningin Wilhelmina lifeboat for the Stellendam lifeboat station. The design of the Wilhelmina was improved on a number of points and the ships President J.V. Wierdsma and President Jan Lels were the result. In appearance, the only thing that really stands out is the shape of the wheelhouse cover. Famous rescues of this type of lifeboat are those of the Faustus at Hoek van Holland and the radio-ship Uilenspiegel at Cadzand.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Koningin Wilhelmina and President J.V. Wierdsma were replaced by the new lifeboats of the Javazee type. Only the President Jan Lels (1930) remained in service until April 1985. In the last weeks of service, the Lels replaced the Koningin Juliana for a while. Until 2019 the Jan Lels stood ashore in Hoek van Holland. There is also a street named after this famous lifeboat.
|Ship name||Year built||Station||Time in service|
|President J.V. Wierdsma||1930||Hoek van Holland, Veere, Breskens, Stellendam||1930-1972|
|President Jan Lels||1930||Hoek van Holland, Burghsluis, Neeltje Jans (Noordland)||1930-1985|
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