Why order at BFT1250.nl?
Designed, produced and hand-painted in The Netherlands. No outsourcing, no mass production in China.
We only use the original General Arrangements. We look at many photos to get all details and colours right.
Unlike mass production, we only produce small series. Don’t wait too long before ordering.
We’ve designed our own way of keeping the ship models safe during shipment. No glue or tape!
History tug Hector
Hector was built in 1958 by Jonker & Stans in Hendrik Ido Ambacht, and was part of a series of four tugboats ordered by Bureau Wijsmuller. The series also consisted of tugs Titan, Simson, Friesland (later Cyclops (II), Nestor and Stentor. In 1983 Hector was sold to Greek shipowner Lucas G. Matsas in Piraeus, and renamed Amazon.
Bureau Wijsmuller was founded in 1906, starting their first tug services in 1913 with the acquisition of a tug called Holland. Later on they bought three tugs from Zur Mühlen & Co, and started harbour towage services around the locks of IJmuiden. This was followed by a takeover by Reederij Gebr. Goedkoop, further expanding the company.
During the post-war years, Wijsmuller started an extensive construction program. In the early 1960s, Wijsmuller took over the shares of Goedkoop again, and the company flourished in ocean towage. However, the offshore industry was economically affected hard in the 1980s. Especially the heavy-lifting vessels (Super & Mighty Servants) had to be sold below face value. Wijsmuller and Smit started a joint venture, SmitWijs, to operate their ocean going tugs together. In 2001 Wijsmuller sold the company to Maersk, later being merged into Svitzer.
Tugboat Hector is a fantastic addition to your model collection.
Free shipping > 125 euro orders
For the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, free shipping (incl. Track & Trace) is possible when spending a minimum of € 125. For orders under € 125 shipping costs are € 6,95 (NL) or € 8.95 (BE / DE). Shipping costs to your country not listed? Contact us for a custom quote.