This Deans Marine kit boasts the the following features:
Glassfibre hull with full plating, rubbing strake, freeing port and porthole detail moulded in
Computer drawn Plasticard superstructure and deck
Vac-formed boiler casing, ship,s boat, motor mount and battery tray.
Cast white metal and resin fittings
Propshaft with oiling tube,cast metal rudder assembly, non working display prop and prop shroud
Full sized plan.
English building instructions with photographic and line drawing, building illustrations.
Model Length: 965mm
Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 1
Recommended motors: One Deans Kyte
Recommended battery: One6v 2ah Nicad pack
In about 1880 the first proper driven tugs appeared on the Rhine which developed more speed and needed less crew. The Pieter Boele was built in 1893 by the P.Boele shipyard in Holland and was named Wacht am Rhein VIII. She was fired by a coal fired boiler and powered by a compound steam engine developing some 300SHP and was specifically designed to operate in the area's of the river where strong currents predominate. The steering and control gear behind the funnel gave little forward view, but has the advantage of allowing an unrestricted view of the towed vessel.
Throughout her long working life she had a number of owners and name changes and the period between 1924 and 1957 many significant alterations were made to her appearance and power plant. In 1972 she was renamed Pieter Boele, after her builder, and she now resides in the Prins Hendrik Maritime Museum in Dordrecht