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Botter BU 210: the latest version of a Dutch boat building tradition

Over the course of time, hundreds of botters have run from the different yards along the Zuiderzee (currently Ijsselmeer). The construction of new ships came to an end around 1900. After that there are only a few wooden botters built. For the last in line, the BU 210, the keel was laid in 1985 and more than a year later the ship came into service.

The BU 210 became an asset to the Old Port of Spakenburg from which most botters had disappeared at the same time as the disappearance of the fishery. After a low point in the 1970s, the botters fleet started to grow slowly again. This created a good breeding ground for the construction of a new botters. In order to be able to realize this, in 1984 the Foundation Bunschoter Botter BU 210 was established. The main goal of the foundation was to build a new botter. That idea became reality because many preparatory work had already been done.
The choice for the number BU 210 was a reference to the highest number registered in the Central Fisheries Register (BU 209).
The new botter was built on the basis of the old molds that had been preserved at the botter wharf. This allowed the ship to be built in a rather original way, although new techniques were used also.
The BU 210 has its permanent berth in the Museum haven of Spakenburg. From this berth, boat trips are organized on the Ijsselmeer annually.
The fact that it is the youngest botter of the fleet does not mean that no maintenance is required. In the more than thirty years of its existence, several parts have already been renewed. Sometimes already twice. It is the fate of a wooden ship: regular maintenance is necessary to ensure that it remains in a good condition.

Contributed by: Stichting Bunschoter Botter BU 210

Oude Schans 47-63
3752 AH Bunschoten-Spakenburg The Netherlands

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