Preserved ironclads and old steam warships: HNLMS Buffel: A photographic tour

The following photographs of HNLMS Buffel show that her design was both a mixture of the ancient (the gilded gallery at the stern and ornate bow decoration) and the modern (her turret and iron construction).


10 Comments on “Preserved ironclads and old steam warships: HNLMS Buffel: A photographic tour”

  1. Jim Duncan says:

    If I remember correctly the original turret of the Buffel had been removed and replaced by a look-alike wooden structure.

    I will try and find the photographs from that trip to see if I have remembered correctly.

  2. Jim Duncan,

    Replacing the turret with a lighter replica makes a lot of sense.

    I would be interested to see your photographs of the Buffel if you can find them.

    All the best,


  3. Edwin King says:

    Beautiful ship! I do like the lines of her prow.

    Turret photos would be very interesting.

  4. Jim Duncan says:

    My first rummage through my archives has produced no leads to the photographs of that trip.

    I do have a couple of CDs which won't read on my main computer. I'll give them a try on my other systems.

  5. Edwin King,

    Buffel's ram bow looked even more impressive when seen for real.

    I do hope that Jim Duncan can find his photographs of the turret.

    All the best,


  6. Jim Duncan,

    Good luck with your search. It would be a great pity if your photographs were 'lost' because your current computer cannot read the storage media they are on.

    All the best,


  7. Jim Duncan says:

    I managed to read the 'dodgy' CDs on my other computer but unfortunately they did not contain the photograph folder I was looking for.

    Plan C for tomorrow is to check out some unmarked CDs that I have come across.

  8. Jim Duncan,

    Good luck with your search!

    All the best,


  9. johntheone says:

    I love the look of these antiquated warships of a bygone age

  10. Johntheone,

    Many of the early designs had a simplicity of line that is very attractive to the eye … but by the 1890s there were some really ugly ships being built, especially by the French.

    All the best,


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