VN80 - BONS

My great-grandfather Johannes with his brother Jan Siemen(r) and his son Teunis Steven
His 'nickname' was 'Hannes de Buter' - common in small communities
"BONS" , "BONSJE"or "BONSIEN" is the type of boat, registration number VN80
"Schuit", "Skuute" and "Skuutien" are also used for the "SCHOKKER", "BONS" or "BOL"
so it's a kind of confusing to find the right name
"VN" is the abbreviation for Vollenhove

All fishing-towns(villages) around the Zuiderzee did have their "abbrev-code"
following the most common I can recall at the moment

"UK" - Urk "EB" - Elburg "EH" - Enkhuizen "HN" - Hoorn "ID" - Ilpendam
"RD" - Durgerdam (county Ransdorp) "VD" - Volendam "HK" - Harderwijk
"MK" - Marken "WR" - Wieringen "BU" - Spakenburg (county Bunschoten)
"KP" - Kampen "GN" - Genemuiden "ZS" - Zwartsluis "KU" - Kuinre
"LE" - Lemmer "ST" - Stavoren "HL" - Hemelum-Laaksum "TX" - Isle of Texel "BIW" - Broek in Waterland



VN76 - Bons
Teunis "Butertien"- VN76 - a nephew of Johannes "Hannes de Buter" - VN80



left - VN70 - iezer'n AAK
right - VN44 - BOL Siemen van Matroosien - "Streekien"
his dad was Klaas Vis"de Matroos"


left VN .. - AAK - VN84 - BONS
right VN68 - BONS - H. Schuurman - "de Vuist"

Have to do some investigation about the different fishingboats
following some types with lenghts and their common home-ports
first some related "SKIPPERS" out of the 125-fleet

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NUMBER - NAME -"Nick-name" - type of fishingboat
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VN 4 - Brand Visscher - "Brammer" - botter
uncle from my father - the VN4 can be seen in Edam nowadays

VN 9 - J.S. Schuurman - "Jan Poes" - schuit
brother from my great-grandfather
VN 13 - J.S. Schuurman - "Jan de Kul" - "Bras" - botter
VN 16 - W. Schuurman - "Wolter de Paare" - punter
VN 33 - J. Schuurman - "Jan Blu(um)pien" - bolle
VN 45 - T. Schuurman - "Teunis van Hendrik" - bolle/schouw
VN 62 - G.Schuurman - "de Buledrieter" - schuit
VN 68 - H.Schuurman - "de Vuist" - schuit
VN 74 - T.Schuurman - "de Zalm" - punter
VN 76 - T.Schuurman - "Butertien" - schuit
VN 80 - Joh.Schuurman - "Hannes de Buter" - schuit - my great-grandfather
VN 89 - F.Schuurman - "Frikke" - bolle
VN 92 - J.Schuurman - "de Deuter" - punter
VN 116 - S.Schuurman - "Hollandse Steven" - schuit
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The "Punter" - small boat - Vollenhove, Kuinre, Kampen
The "Staverse Jol" - 6 to 8m - Staveren


The "Vollenhoofse Bol" - 7 to 10m - Vollenhove



The "Vollenhoofse-BOL or -Bolletje" is well-known in Vollenhove
It does have the characteristics of the "BOTTER" and the "BONS"
the draught was very small, so it was extremly suitable
when the shallow water was low due eastern-wind or what-ever
Most harbours on the east-bank of the Zuiderzee did have this problem
smaller boats then on the deeper west-bank was the solution
This scale-model is made by Klaas Vis - a superb piece of work!
Klaas, raised in "VENO" ( Vollenhove), does have a good knowledge and skill
to transform these different types of ships in splendid models


The "Schouw" - 8 to 10m - Hoorn

The "Pluut" - 8 to 12m - Harderwijk, Spakenburg



The VN15 was the only "Pluut" in the fleet of Vollenhove
"Siem van Aale" = Siemen Vis married with Aaltje Schuurman - (b.1875)
Image of this "Pluut" is original the VD23 - Volendam


The "Bons" - 9 to 12 m - Vollenhove, Elburg - related to the "Schokker"
A ship for shallow water, the "BONSIEN" did look like a "SCHOKKER"
but is was wider and smaller with a slender stern



The VN79 belongs of the grandfather "Harm de Doem" of Klaas
On a list of the year 1927 there are 79 "Schuiten" a.k.a. "BONSJES" further
17 Botters, 7 Aken, 2 Schouwen, 1 Pluut, 9 Punters and 20 Bollen
a total of 135


The "Botter" - 13.5 m -



The VN17 - botter - of Roelof Vis "de Gooier"
and the VN25 - bol - of Evert Spit "Evert Krul"
* inner-harbour of Vollenhove *


The "Lemster Aak" - 12 to 14m - Lemmer
The "Wieringer Aak" - 10 to 13m - Wieringen
The "Kwakken" - 17 to 18 m - Volendam
The "Schokker" - 18 m - Urk, Enkhuizen





left - VN110 - BOTTER - Simon Spit - "de Botkoning"
right - VN63 - BONS - Jaap Mooiweer - "Jaap van Harman van Dije"


Vollenhove - Outer-harbour




Around the Zuiderzee there were plenty of fishing villages like Vollenhove
Compare it with nowadays! - see image below




The middle of Holland nowadays
Vollenhove and many other towns lost their connection with the sea


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