Tug Holland

The Holland in scale 1:1250 is 4,31 cm and is already the fifth Doeksen ship that has made. The BFT1250 Doeksen fleet also consists of the Oost-Vlieland (1962), Friesland (1956), Midsland (1974) and the Friesland (1989).

4,31 cm


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History of ocean going tug Holland

Guusjen! When these magical words sounded through the streets of West-Terschilling, a wave of adrenalin went through the village. The Holland, which entered service in 1951, was stationed Paraat En Start Klaar (Callsign: PESK) to sail to a ship in distress in the busy (and narrow) shipping lane above the islands. Some of the hardships that the Holland and her crew had to endure were the minefields that were still present in large numbers outside the shipping routes, groundseas in the shipping channel between Vlieland and Terschelling, varying sailing depths, storms and fog. The Holland has no fewer than 200 salvages to its name. I

Tug & Ferry

In addition to the use as a salvage tug, Doeksen also used the ship as extra capacity on the ferry service. Iconic are the photos of an overcrowded Holland in the high season. There was room for no less than 800 people and 8 cars. The ship therefore also had (luxury) lounges. Due to better means of navigation, better trained crews, wider seperated shipping lanes, and the clearing of all mines, strandings and salvages of ships became less and less common in the 1960s.


The emergence of offshore tugboats also made the Holland increasingly unprofitable to operate. Between 1976 and 1998, the Holland entered calmer waters for Rijkswaterstaat (which is the Dutch governmental Public Works and Water Management department). As a research vessel, soil and seawater samples were taken on the North Sea. The salons were converted into labs. When Rijkswaterstaat commissioned a more modern ship for these tasks in 1998 there was talk of demolishing the Holland.

She still exists

Fortunately, the Holland was saved from demolition and has been restored as much as possible to it’s original state over the years with the help of sponsors, governments and institutions. The Holland can be used for sailing trips, business events, anniversaries, weddings and as a decoration for various (nautical) events. The Holland is berthed in Harlingen.


Tug Holland is a fantastic addition to your model collection.

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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.

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