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Speeding RWS 70 – Sail AMS 2015 – 1

RWS 70

In the early morning of Wednesday, August 19, 2015 I boarded a typical Dutch steel motor yacht which was rented by a friend who had invited 3 couples for a tour from Zaandam to IJmuiden and back in order to see the parade of the Tall Ships participating in the Sail Amsterdam 2015 event.

From 8.00 hr on to 10.00 hr the Noordzeekanaal would be saileable from Amsterdam To IJmuiden only and the other way around from 10.00 hr till approximately 16.00 hr it would be one way traffic from IJmuiden to Amsterdam. No freight was allowed at all during the parade.

Directions were given that the absolute speed limit would be 6 km/hr for everyone.

RWS 70 is a patrol vessel of Rijkswaterstaat. Sometimes Rijkswaterstaat is clled a state within a state. It was founded in 1798 as the Bureau voor den Waterstaat. Currently it is as an agency part of the Dutch ministry of Infra structure and Environtment. As it is incorporated long before Trains and Cars became en vogue, waterways were the way to transport people and goods. From there Rijkswaterstaat has 3 tasks: Make and maintain the Dutch waterways. Protect The Netherlands from the water by creating and maintaining water defence works (think dikes and dunes) and create and maintain roads.

It is clear to me that the RWS 70 is speeding here at minimal twice the 6 km speed limit without apparent signs that it was on duty. Moreover as the maximum speed of this class of patrol vessels is around 28 knots, I fail to see why it doesn’t give an example.

By this bad example the two small boats following it also apparently believe they are in their right to speed.

Dolphin Sniffing

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IMG_6395No, I don’t like dolphin

I’m going Backward and forward through thousands of photo’s I have made in the past and am still making. As a retiree I have much more time for this hobby than before and I discover little gems each day.

These two were made during a stroll in December 2007 along the northern beach of Terschelling. It was after a hefty storm and still windy. That all was probably too much for this baby dolphin that had landed on the beach. Seagulls had feasted already on its dead body  and the dog asked himself apparently: “Do I Like Dolphin?” and concluded: “No, I don’t like dolphin”

You can license them here and here.

Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90

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Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90

I took this photo of the painting of the Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Groninger Museum. I’m not sure whether the painting belongs to its collection or not.

I took the photo to use it for a post here about Hendrik Willem Mesdag, an important Dutch painter of the The Hague School.

We have a panorama in The Hague, Panorama Mesdag and we have the Mesdag Collection in The Hague, a small museum which consists of his former home and studio’s, but also of the small museum he built himself for his own art collection.

Kneuterdijk Palace

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Architect Daniël Marot designed the Kneuterdijk palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, for Johan Hendrik, Count Van Wassenaer van Opdam.
It was built between 1720 and 1730.
Later, in 1816, the palace was bought by King Willem I of the Netherlands for his son, the later King William II who was married to Anna Pavlovna, a daughter of the Russian Czar, Paul I.

In 1848 a new version of the Dutch Constitution was announced from its balcony by King Willem II.

After WW II it was the seat of the Dutch War Tribunal.

Currently, after extensive renovations, it is the seat of the Dutch Council of State, the highest advisory body to Dutch Government.

Ah and yes, I’m reasonably satisfied with the photo which you can license at Picfair