Catharina Elisabeth

Summary of the history of Catharina Elisabeth

< There is a significant amount of extra detail in the blog entry where we met the family who built Catharina Elisabeth>

Catharina Elisabeth was launched either in 1915 or 1916 from the Czaar Peter shipyard in Zaandam, NL. The measurement was organised by Mr P. Zermeriks, in Wormerveer. The original owner was Pieter Maartensoon Verweer, whose wife was Catharina Elisabeth (Koster) Verwer.

She was built as a Katwijker type of barge and first measured on May 8, 1916. Her length was 19.78m, beam 4.24 m and her displacement, when laden, was 52.6 tons.

She was engaged in transport around the Alkmaar region, carrying cheese and general cargo, based at her home port of Wormerveer.

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Catharina Elisabeth was again measured in 1935, when the owner was Maarten Pietersoon Verwer, the second son of Pieter Verwer.  On this occasion, the date of launching was stated to be 1915.

A further measurement was taken in 1961, and was now owned by the Amsterdam Drydock company, and had the utilitarian name of Drydook 7. From the name and description alone, perhaps Catharina Elisabeth at this time was involved in some sort of servicing work for the several drydocks that were run by the company.

This information comes from the Dutch National Association for the Preservation of Historical Vessels database, accessible at

What happened from this time, until 1980 is, as yet, unknown.

Again, details are not certain, but the next owner was Mr Herke Boskma. It was he who took ownership of Drydook 7 and converted her to a recreational vessel in 1980. The last owners, Marriane van Barr, and Paul Bot totally refitted her and named her Neo Vita in 2000.

Neo Vita in 2013
Neo Vita in 2013

Purchase details of Neo Vita

The original ‘for sale’ document here contains the technical information, and a number photographs of Neo Vita that give a solid impression of what she can do, and what she looks like.

See the other subsidiary pages in this section for more details of the history of Catharina Elisabeth and the Verver family.


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