Royal tender back on display
AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands’ 17m royal tender is again on display at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. The restoration was made possible thanks to €1 million in sponsorship from national lotteries and the paint expertise of AkzoNobel.
Its restoration took 900 man-hours in cleaning, sanding and painting of the hull and re-gilding 298 rosettes. The craft was also given 20 new oars. In all, 115 liters of paint was applied to hull. Conrad Keijzer, AkzoNobel’s Managing Director for Industrial Coatings said his company applied “primers and top coats of our International brand in the original manner. Nowadays yachts spray-painted, both primer and top coats. In this case, the final layers were applied by brushes.”
The mueum hopes the royal tender, which was last restored in 1980, will be used again for royal events. That may not happen. Its use was nixed for the 2013 investiture of King Willem-Alexander after the city’s mayor warned of big waves in the port of Amsterdam. Security was also an issue. The nameless, oak and teak tender resembles France’s Empire-style with a riot of bow and stern sculptures rooted in ancient mythology.