"GROOTE BEER" 

 

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This is about my involvement with Jan Willem Andre de la Porte's botterjacht "Groote Beer".

It came about through several co-incidences. My uncle Siebold de Vries built the spars and blocks for this traditional Dutch sailing vessel during the second world war. The "G.B." spent most of her, nearly half century, colorful American journey here in the Puget Sound. I managed to unravel the Hermann Goering fable and to shed light on the true original owner.

An article I wrote about this was published in a traditional Dutch sailing monthly,  "Spiegel der Zeilvaart", in July of 2003.The above photograph, taken by John Riise of Latitude-38 in the 1988 San Francisco Master Mariner regatta, is on the front cover.

Click to get the big pictureA shorter English version appeared in the November/December 2003 issue of "Wooden Boat". The translation of my more detailed version is accessible  at:

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"Groote Beer" English version of above article

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Photo Album

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July 1, 2004 the fully restored "Groote Beer"

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Article     written by Jack van Ommen about the history of the "Groote Beer"  in Dutch traditional sailing monthly "Spiegel der Zeilvaart" 

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Cover Page July/August 2003 issue of "Spiegel der Zeilvaart"

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Latitude-38 June 2003 article

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Links :

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             "Spiegel der Zeilvaart"   Dutch publication for the traditional sailing world.

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             "Tagrijn"  Monthly issue of "Botterbond"  the society for the preservation of historical Zuiderzee fishing boats.

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             BU-210  Web page of Koos Janssen with G.B. photos

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             "Botters" Web page specifically related to Botter events.

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            "Botters Urk" Historical society to preserve the Botter tradition on the island of Urk

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             "Fleetwood"   Jack van Ommen's sail boat page

04 Jul 2007