EVERYONE DOING THEIR BIT!
The whole Damen family helped out to deliver ships on time and keep them running. Kommer Damen’s sister Dina Damen recalls evenings with the family painting hulls so that the vessels would be dry in time for high tide delivery. While Kommer Damen was in the Navy for his military service, she made her first car journey after passing her driver’s license – hurtling through pouring rain to deliver a large ship’s propeller to the other side of the country.
IN THE MEANTIME….
The 1960s are well remembered for their colourful expressions of fashion, music and counterculture. People were becoming increasingly mobile, thanks to increased accessibility to passenger flights and to automobiles. Mankind took a giant leap on July 20th, 1969, when Apollo 11 became the first manned spaceflight to land on the Moon.
SERIES PRODUCTION BEGINS
Today, the Damen Shipyards Group is world-renowned for its standardised, series production. This innovative process was the idea of Kommer Damen and commenced when he took the reins in 1969.
The idea was, by building vessels in series, Damen could offers its clients the fastest possible delivery of reliable, proven vessels.
The Sabrina Henrika, one of the earliest vessels designed by Kommer Damen when he started working at the family business. Coming across the vessel many years later in Amsterdam, Mr Damen purchased the vessel and restored her to her former glory at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld. Today, the vessel can be found, in prime condition, in the Lingehaven, Gorinchem, close to Damen’s headquarters.