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Historic ram tower ship Buffalo re-armed after 128 years

By De Buffel
1 April 2024
After a period of 128 years, the historic ramship Buffalo has been rearmed. The ship, which served within the Royal Navy from 1868 to 1896, will display her historical armament and information about it in an attractive exhibition on board.

The ramtor ship Buffalo is unique maritime heritage and has been on display in Hellevoetsluis’ historic fortified harbor since 2013. The ship played an important role in the maritime history of the Netherlands and was active during the period of steam and sailing ships in the second half of the 19th century. In this turbulent period in European history, developments in shipbuilding, propulsion, armament and armor of warships followed each other in rapid succession, which is well covered in the exhibition.

The Buffalo’s armament exhibit is based on historical sources and accurately reproduced to preserve the authentic look of the ship. The project was carried out in close cooperation with historical (weapons) experts, National Military Museum Soesterberg and historians from the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam.

Also on display for this exhibition are several original and thus historic small arms on loan from the National Military Museum in Soesterberg, among others. The exhibition was made possible by sponsorship from historian Arie van den Ban theme park Historyland in Hellevoetsluis.

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