The Hornblower is a Groningse snik, built in 1901. She was converted in the late 50’s for cruising. Previous names were Carpe Diem and Thunderhead.

I bough the ship in April 2011. The reason I liked her was the upper structure and how much space she had, even she is only 3,2 meters wide. It all starts with a fore peak that can be used as a storage area. The next room is the bed room, followed by the living room and a big wheelhouse. Underneath the wheelhouse is a large engine room. The bathroom is in the back. Behind the bathroom is another small area, where the shaft leaves the vessel.

I striped the ship to bare metal, replaced the windows and rebuilt her for a  longer period of cruising. She was sold to acquire the Aquarel in 2013.

Engine: Bedford 330

About Bedford – Bedford Vehicles, usually shortened to just Bedford, was a subsidiary of Vauxhall Motors, itself the British subsidiary of General Motors (GM), established in 1930; and constructing commercial vehicles.

Bedford Vehicles was a leading international truck manufacturer, with substantial export sales of light, medium, and heavy trucks throughout the world. It was GM Europe’s most profitable venture for several years.