The Story of De Stern

De Stern is built in 1920 for the board of directors of the KNSM, the Royal Dutch Shipping Company in Amsterdam. The vessel is special designed for the Amsterdam harbours and canals. It can enter the smallest canals, while still comfortable on the IJ and around the harbour islands.

Our Stern, the smallest bird in our boat aviary”. With these words the Koninklijke Nederlandse Stoomboot Maatschappij (KNSM) had baptized her directors vessel. The board and administrative personnel were housed at the Scheepvaarthuis at the Prins Hendrikkade (see photo, build in 1916). The wharves were on the IJ-island (now named KNSM-eiland). The directors commuted with De Stern to the island. Later, till 1981, De Stern was used only for special occasions with important guests

Since 1991 De Stern is back in the Amsterdam waters. The completely renovated interior is made out of solid teakwood with original copper details. The boat is fully equipped with modern comfort such as W.C., refrigerator, heather, 220 Volt, CD player and microphone.


Technical specifications:
shipyard   Fa. H. Schouten te Muiden
date built   1920
hull   steel
super-structure   teakwood & copper
length   11,74 m (38 ft. 6”)
width   2,55 m (8 ft. 5”)
height   1,9 m (6 ft. 4”)
depth   0,95 (3 ft. 2”)
engine   Sole 4 cil. diesel 74 pk
(new 2002)

Scale model

For the hobbyists (the young ones and grown-up) who like building scale models we have a small cut-out model of De Stern. 
Click here and a new window opens that you can print (or right click, save JPG as ..)

For best results use heavy-weight premium paper. Have fun!