In 1935 the Lieve was still named Henriette after the daughter of Royal Ketjen's CEO. (Ketjen later known as AKZO Nobel)
She was built at the shipyard next door to the factory. This was not just any shipyard but 'Het Fort' owned by G. de Vries Lentsch in Nieuwendam. One of the most famous yards in Holland.
Feadship; a nowadays still existing and flourishing shipyard found part of it's origin here. They still build fine ships for the most exclusive incrowd of the nautical world. Lieve was numbered 408 which is by pure accident exactly the same building number as our previous saloon boat Catharina. She was built on the Nicolaas Witzen-werf in Alkmaar. The design of Lieve also came originally from this ship yard and was based on the predecessor of Lieve; the Oriënt.
So the Oriënt was designed by W.F. Stoel & sons and Lieve built after her by De Vries Lentsch.
Henriette and Oriënt are almost identical and at first sight quite difficult to keep apart. Take a good look at the picture postcard above on the left and at the one on the right. Left is in 1963 and shows Henriette (later Lieve).
On the right side you see a postcard from1932, showing the Oriënt. Henriëtte was built 3 years after that. The resemblance is stunning despite the fact that we are talking about a rather unique concept: being a workboat hull with a luxury saloon on it.
Mister Heijsman becomes of age and finally is no longer able to maintain the boat properly. At that point no one in the family has time and means to pick up the stick.
She is then sold to the guy that sells her to us in 2006. That is when we start the mega overhaul. This takes almost 4 years. The condition of the boat is apparantly not to bad but soon we find out that there is a lot of hidden misery to be repaired. The support beams of the cockpit deck have completely rotted away under a firm layer of plaster and paint. We also find layers and layers of paint and polyester on rust.
Having pointed this out to the former owner there is a short discussion about being a gentleman or not. We loose by winning this discussion and decide not to waste any more time on him, take our significant loss and start with the fun!
One thing leads to another and after 4 years of hard but extremely interesting learning and labour we have a boat that stops people on every bridge,makes them turn their heads and say something like: "Nice boat sir!"