Wat opvalt aan boord van de Gebroeders Luden, zijn de kloeke luiken, het grote vangnet en de snorkels. Die laatste laten lucht binnen, maar voorkomen dat water het schip in komt wanneer er een golf over het dek slaat.
“ "This ship does not rock on waves; instead, it goes right through them" ”Koos Bottema
‘Unlike modern lifeboats, this ship is so heavy that it goes right through waves instead of bobbing on top of them. The modern ones smash onto the waves so hard that you feel all of your intestines when you go ashore’, says volunteer captain Koos. But there’s no way you can move the Gebroeders Luden. Stretched out in the safety net under a blue sky, it is difficult to imagine that this ship was built for entirely different circumstances.
Construction started in 1969, before the Lauwersmeer lake was closed off from the Wadden Sea. The name, ‘Gebroeders Luden’, is a homage to Hendrik Luden who drowned in the North Sea in 1924. By way of thanks for the efforts of the KNRM (Royal Dutch Life-Boat Society) his brother left a bequest to build the lifeboat, under the condition that it would be named ‘Gebroeders Luden’.
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