History offshore tug Happy Hunter
Anyone who must recall an iconic Dutch tug from the 70’s will end up naming the Happy Hunter and/orSmit Rotterdam. This Mammoet tug came into service in 1978 for the Amsterdam shipping company Mammoet Transport BV. Completely in line with the Mammoet house style, the Happy Hunter was delivered in bright yellow. The Happy Hunter did not sail for Mammoet for a long time, after a takeover by Smit the yellow disappeared quickly. The ship’s name was changed to Smit Hunter and the ship was given the Smit colors.
In 1978 the Happy Hunter was the last ship ever to be launched in Arnhem, close to the German border. The Arnhemsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij was definitively closed after delivery of the Happy Hunter. After only four years Mammoet sold the Happy Hunter to competitor Smit and being renamed Smit Hunter.
The ‘Hunter’ continues sailing the world’s oceans, but in 2003 fate hits the tug. In July 2003 a fire broke out on the Smit Hunter, then located at a yard in Pernis, The Netherlands. The fire department could not prevent the tugboat from being considered lost and the ship ingloriously disappeared to the breakers.
The ocean going tug Happy Hunter is a fantastic addition to your model collection.
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