The fortifications on the west side of the old harbour have been beautifully restored. It includes an area where you can walk (no entrance fee!) and enjoy the history of this town that was a marine harbour and an important strategic defense point against the English, the French and later (though theoretically) the Belgians.
A small museum about how people used to live in Hellevoetsluis.
Last year, in 2012, our theatre group were in the museum and re-enacted part of the history when famous Admiral De Ruyter planned to set sail again to fight the English.
Access: there is a staircase up to the museum.
Entrance fee: 1.50 euro for adults and 1 euro for children 6-12 yrs.
"Once an identification mark in the North Sea, helping seamen to establish their position at sea while at the same time warning seamen of dangerous sand banks along Zeeland’s coast".
This museum ship is permanently docked in Hellevoetsluis. You can visit and learn all about how the ship worked, the dangers at sea and how this ship helped prevent problems.
The association has set itself a goal: "preserve the Lightship 12 “NOORD HINDER” as a maritime cultural heritage monument for future generations and to open its doors to the public as a museum ship."
You can phone for a (group) visit.
Dry dock Jan Blanken is an old dock built in a period around 1800 and is recently restored. Hellevoetsluis was often used for reparing ships when it was still a commercial and marine port. The Water Board (Rijkswaterstaat) is an extremely important administrative body in The Netherlands. In fact, it exists alongside the political system. The dry dock Jan Blanken was the very first built construction by Rijkswaterstaat.
Nowadays there's a visitor's center and frequently there are events organised around and even IN the dry dock. A few years ago, the winter ice skating rink was inside the dock, which was a great sight to see.
It's also a good location for theatre and music.
Of course you can have a guided tour as well. It's a bit damp and creepy inside the walls of the dock, that's half the fun!
And you know what, even today the dock is still being used sometimes for reparing ships!
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Everything you always wanted to know about the fire brigade and its history. This is a 50 year old museum which has adapted to modern days with interactive exhibitions. So it's real fun for children too.
In summer there are big band concerts here.
Entrance: 3 euro (adult), 2 euro (kids 4-12 yrs). Various passes for free entrance apply.
Opening hours April-October. Check website for exact hours.
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This is a working windmill in the center of the fortified town, built in 1801.
You can visit it in July and August on every Saturday and Sunday between 12-16 hrs.
You can also visit it when the blue flag is out or if you make an appointment.
Other visiting days in 2013 are:
Museumweekend: 6 en 7 april;
11 May: Nationale Molendag;
20 July: VPR molendag;
17 en 18 August: Vestingdagen;
19 September: Open Monumentendag;
15 December: De kerstster gaat weer in de molen.
The visit is free of charge but as this mill is run by volunteers, a donation would be most welcome!
One of the photo's here is old. I made it before the total restoration which was finished in 2012. The importance of this fortification was illustrated when King Willem-Alexander (then Prince of Orange) came to officially re-open the fort.
The local scouting are now housed here.
The oldest part of Hellevoetsluis is a fortified town. Unlike other fortified towns in The Netherlands, that have a star shape, Hellevoetsluis is long and narrow. Because the harbour is inside the fortification, you can't walk all around but of course you can cross over the bridge to get to the other side.
This is the reason for Dry-Docks ,after years of sailing and being in the water ,Boats/Ships
need to be dry-docked for a good overhaul .
outside and inside ,engines as well , everything needs to be maintained to stay
Go to the link provided if you wanty to and you will see the cost of dry-docking a Boat/Ship.
The Dry- Dock is a double dry-dock first part made out of 300 Oak 12 meter long beams,the second part used for longer repairjobs made of 2000 beams.
The total dry-dock is 156.80 meter long and 31.2 meter wide, and about 1.5 meter thick.
The first dock '' Timmerdock '' is 5.93 meter.
The '' Kieldock ''is 7.17 meter.
The ship door used to be made of wood ,but now it is made of Iron.
The Haringvliet was build to protect Goeree-Overvlakkee, Voorne Putten and the Hoekse Waard against the sea. This dam lies on the border of the North Sea and the Haringvliet. The construction started in 1957 and it was finished in 1971. Except for the Oosterschelde-dam this dam was the most time-consuming dam of all the Delta works.
The dam is 4.5 kilometers long and in the center is a part of 1 kilometer with 17 sluice-gates to drain the water of the great rivers in the North Sea. During severe storms all the gates can be closed with slides. The dam also has a special lock for passing ships and some columns have special canals for fish swimming in and out the Haringvliet when all the locks are closed.
The locks were first prefabricated in a special made construction-dock in the middle of the Haringvliet. After the locks were finished this dock was removed and the slides were opened during the time the rest of the dam was constructed. The parts of the dam from the islands to the locks were made by the ‘cable-railway’ method. The cable-cars dropped big rocks on the right places and all these rocks would be covered with sand. A layer of asphalt would finish the whole construction.
The first problem with designing this dam was the waters of the great rivers, the Maas and the Rijn. The overflow of these rivers ends in the Haringvliet and if there was a dam this water could flood the land the dam should protect. They had to design an ‘open’ dam. They decided to make locks in the dam so the water of the Maas and the Rijn could be drained off when needed. Officially these constructions were no locks to let ships pass through but sluices for discharging water.
In the middle of the Haringvliet were locks but they weren’t connected with the shores, yet. The south part of the dam, from the locks to Goeree-Overvlakkee was made simple and ‘fast’. They only had to spout an immense amount of sand on the right place to erect a dike. The finishing touch was done by lorries and bulldozers. At some places they gave the dike the appearance of dunes.
Making the north part of the dam was more difficult. the water was deep and more than one kilometer wide. First a cable-railway was made from the locks to the mainland. From the shore great concrete blocks were transported and dropped in the water. Each block weights 2500 kilograms.
More than 100.000 blocks were used to make this part of the dam. When these blocks were covered with sand also the inner holes were filled. Doing this the dam became more stabile.
During the making of these two parts of this dam the gates of the locks stayed open to prevent the current to grow to an unacceptable strength.
In 1971 this project was finished and for the first time in 14 years all the slides were closed and the Haringvliet became a lake instead of sea.
Very true ,boats do have Achors ,but this Anchor is a little bigger then any of the boats docked in this Harbour are using ,I am pretty sure of that
The picture tells the story Hellevoetsluis must be a favoritye Harbour going by all the boats we see here.That's a lot of boats.
We drove by this Church so I took a picture of it ,it is a beautiful church and it looks like it was recently restored.