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PS Freya (ex - De Nederlander, ex - Westerschelde)

Operating Area : Kiel canal and lower Elbe, Germany

Above : Freya in 2019. Photo by kind courtesy of Malcolm Oliver
Built in 1905 by J & K Smit, Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Engines : Compound horizontal (180 HP built 1926 and fitted second hand in 1989-90 and auxiliary 300 HP diesel/screw engine fitted at rear)
Length : 51.6 metres x 11.4 metres
Passenger Capacity (2013) : 250

Built for service out of Vlissingen on the Westerschelde and named Westerschelde
Originally fitted with a triple diagonal engine developing 600 HP
Used on occasion as a "royal yacht" by Queen Wilhelmina
Sold to the De Klok shipyard at Terneuzen in 1933 and in 1935 on to Mr Zwaans of Oosterhout for use as a bunkering station and renamed De Zwaan
Bought in 1988 by Mr Klemens Key, whose father Wijnand Key had earlier bought Reederij op de Lek 6 for restoration
Restoration started in 1989 at Zaandam, with a second-hand compound steam engine from a dredger dating from 1926 and boiler dating from 1967
In service as De Nederlander in 1990 for the Nederlands Raderstoomboot Maatschappij, for charters around the Rotterdam Docks and to Hook of Holland
Sold in December 1999 to the Insel- und Halligreederei Company (Adler-Schiffe) a List-based ferry operator owned by Mr Sven Paulsen and renamed Freya
From November 2000 has been based at Kiel and operates services on the Kiel canal and the Kieler Foerde, but also occasionally out of Hamburg and Rostock.

As De Nederlander on 25th May 1990 near Alblasserdam on the River Noord whilst sailing from Dordrecht to Rotterdam
Photo courtesy of Hubert Kraaivanger 

Aboard Freya in 2019 : by Malcolm Oliver

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Photos taken in 2011 by Enrico Crosti

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