Lorrendraaier has a very modest collection of historical objects from the past (in)directly related to the registration of vessels. Pleasure crafts as we now know them are a reasonable modern phenomena, so the pieces are primarily related to registration of ships in general.

You will find an odd ships model here and there, which in nearly all cases are naïve in their composition and may possible be considered as folk-art, to a certain level. Furthermore historical documents, manuscripts and holders of such, like the captain’s tins.

19th-Century Canning Chambers From Browne, Van Santen & Co./Geveke

Some time ago, Lorrendraaier purchased two tin canisters, which detail the name of the vessel, the captain, and the firm that issued them. However, it appears that not much is known about the company that distributed these tins online. At least, unless we take a deeper look! by Caitlin Greyling On the canister on the left, […]

Pre-WWII Secret Communications Codes Archive for Dutch KHL Merchant Ships

This archive – which is now in the possession of Lorrendraaier – contains communications between the Dutch Departement van Defensie (DvD) and N.V. Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd (KHL) shipping company. Dated a few years prior to World War II, they detail secret communication codes and measures KHL’s merchant ships should take in case of another war. […]

An Unusual Ship-In-A-Bottle Featuring III-Fated Dutch Ships

Ship-in-a-bottle models have been washing up on the antique market for centuries. Each unique in shape and form, we can certainly argue that our new addition is still an exceptionally peculiar one — if the lazy way out!   In a square, open-top glass container sits three vessels — a three-mast sailboat and, below it, […]

18th-Century Royal Navy Mariners Certificate: Francis Beaumont (1802) — HMS Andromeda, Ardent & Brilliant

Mariner and crew certificates are mandatory for modern-day seafarers on commercial and merchant ships of a number of flag states, according to the STCW code. However, these certificates were used as far back as the 18th century. Lorrendraaier is in possession of just such an antique piece filled in for a Francis Beaumont.   Crewing […]

1674 Marine Treaty Between The Netherlands & England

Over the years, numerous allyships have been forged and shattered. The Marine Treaty of 1674 between The Netherlands and England was one such notable agreement – and a piece (albeit reprinted) that Lorrendraaier now possesses!   by Caitlin Greyling    As with many older books and documents, this treaty bears a rather long and flattering title; […]

Unclaimed 20th-Century Ship Watercolours by T.B.

Seafaring was not only an exploit — but a muse — inspiring many a doodler and artiste alike to procure their paint and brushes. Though clearly monogrammed, the person who painted these whimsical ship watercolours remains somewhat of a mystery. by Caitlin Greyling Vessels of all shapes and sizes were a common sight in ports [...]

Mysterious 19th Century British Certificates of Registry for a Cutter Named Argus

Two mysterious British Certificates of Registry — partially illegible from wear, if not overzealous cursive — washed up on these foreign shores. Purchased from a dealer in antiquarian books, they both reference a cutter originally named Argus of London, built in Kent on the 17th of March 1813. by Caitlin Greyling The vessel was then [...]

Patriotic 19th-Century Diorama of a Dutch Steamship

Dating from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, this charming steamboat diorama caught my eye. An attractive, naïve piece of folk art, I purchased it online for next to nothing. by Caitlin Greyling & Boudewijn Meijer eBay is the world’s largest second-hand marketplace, right behind Amazon. It also wholly owned and operated the largest [...]

Etching of flags, ca. 1766 Hendrik de Leth

A company specialising in the registration of yachts and workboats simply has to have an early etching of maritime flags on its wall. Is it not? There are a handful of early maritime flag etching examples known. Of which, this 18th-century Vlagge Des Werelts (Flags of the World) is one of the more petite and [...]

A 19th century captains storage tin for documents

Certificate of Registry, ship station licence, insurance papers, skipper licences — there are a number of documents we keep onboard when sailing. Very often, an ugly plastic Ziplock pouch is used to keep them safe from the elements. But plastic was not always the trend — or even an option! by Caitlin Greyling & Boudewijn Meijer [...]