The Royal Maritime Museum
AkzoNobel is supporting the restoration of the Dutch Royal Barge, de Koningssloep, through a partnership with the National Maritime Museum (Het Scheepvaartmuseum) in Amsterdam.
Experts from the company's yacht paints business and one of their customers are carrying out the intricate restoration – mainly on the hull – in order to have the vessel seaworthy again by the summer of 2015.The partly gilded Royal Barge was built in 1818 for King Willem I. Around 17 meters (56ft) in length, it was last used in 1962 for the 25th wedding anniversary of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard. The barge is one of the most popular items in the collection of The National Maritime Museum.
Work on the barge is initially taking place in the north of the Netherlands, although members of the public will be able to view some of the ongoing restoration from September 17-21 at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Once the restoration is complete, the Royal Barge will return to Amsterdam, where she will go on display in a specially constructed shelter at the museum.