Wilton-Fijenoord

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Wilton-Fijenoord was a shipbuilding and repair company in Schiedam in the Netherlands from 1929 to 1999.[1] Its roots dated back until 1825, when the Maatschappij voor Scheeps- en Werktuigbouw Fijenoord had been founded, incorporating the Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij established by Gerhard Mauritz Roentgen[2] in 1823.

Since Dutch shipping companies had insufficient confidence in the indigenious industry and used to order their steamers in Great Britain, To build this deadlock, Fijenoord who had only experience in the construction of steam engines had to build a big vessel on speculation. About 1880, this strategy proved to be successful. During the First World War, Fijenoord made high profits and reconstructed their facilities in Schiedam.

In 1929, NV Dok en Werf Maatschappij Wilton-Fijenoord was established by merger of NV Maatschappij voor Scheeps- en Werktuigbouw Fijenoord and NV Dok en Werf Maatschappij of Rotterdam. During the 1930s crisis, the shipyard suffered high losses. A notorious problem of the Dutch yards before the Second World War was the lack of design capacities. Also Wilton-Fijenoord had to buy the ship designs from independent design offices and developed only the detailed structures. By a cartel agreement, four Dutch yards including Wilton-Fijenoord formed a joint design office in 1935. As a contractor, the yard brought in their expertise mainly in organizing the production.[3]

In 1999, Wilton-Fijenoord was integrated into Rotterdam United Shipyards. In 2003, the company has been fully absorbed into Damen Shiprepair.

Ships built[edit]

Warships[edit]

Cruisers

Destroyers

Submarines

Frigates

Minesweepers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nedships.nl (in Dutch)
  2. ^ Encyclo.nl: Gerhard Moritz Roentgen
  3. ^ Gerbrand Moeyes, Networks in Dutch Shipping and Shipbuilding, 1900—1940, in: L. U. Scholl, D. M. Williams, Crisis and Transition. Maritime Sectors in the North Sea Region 1790—1940, 8th North Sea History Conference Bremerhaven 2005. Bremen: Hauschild 2008, pp.196—215.
  4. ^ http://www.helderline.nl/tanker/873/j.b.+august+kessler/