A MODEST START
The story of Damen begins in the 1920s with brothers Jan and Rien Damen starting the company in a shed next to the family home on the banks of the River Merwede in Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. In 1927 they formalised the company as Damen Brothers.
YARD NUMBER 1
That same year, Yard Number 1 was launched. A 4.5-metre flat-bottomed boat with a beam of 1.7 metres, that the brothers had designed themselves.
IN THE MEANTIME….
As Damen was starting out, the world was entering a new era in international connectivity. 1927 was the year of the first intercontinental telephone call – by radio – between New York City and London. On May 20th of the same year, just before 0800, Charles Lindbergh took to the skies above Long Island, New York. He arrived 33 ½ hours later, to much excitement, in Paris.