Tug Hector

Tugboat Hector and her sister ships were for many years a well-known sight around IJmuiden, the Netherlands. Owner Wijsmuller used the tugs for ocean towing, as well as local IJmuiden port/lock services. In 2022, Hector is still in service in the port of Petra (Greece), named Amazon. Still going strong after almost 65 years, the tug is a classic example of solid Dutch shipbuilding.


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.

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