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Hnlms djambi (1860)

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HNLMS Djambi was the lead ship of the Djambi-class, built for the Royal Netherlands Navy from the late 1850s. She was in the 1864 Shimonoseki affair and in the 1873 First Aceh Expedition. She became unfit for service after serving for only 13 years.

On 1 December 1858 the Dutch government determined that the next screw steamship first class to be built at the Rijkswerf in Amsterdam would be named Djambi in order to remember the recent war in the area of Jambi.[1] The Djambi was laid down on 29 December 1858.[2] On 31 October 1860 the screw steamship second class Djambi was launched in Amsterdam.[3] On 3 December 1860 there was a call for bids to supply ironwork for Djambi.[4] On 26 April 1861 the machines of the screw steamship first class Djambi were tested in Amsterdam. They had been made by the NSBM in Rotterdam. The ship would leave for Nieuwediep on the 30th to get its rigging and other equipment.[5] On 1 June 1861 Djambi was put into service at Nieuwediep under the command of Captain-lt Marin Henri Jansen,[6] known as author of De omwenteling in het zeewezen and other naval works.

When the American Civil War started, the Dutch wanted to stay neutral and protect their shipping. Therefore, a squadron consisting of the screw frigate Zeeland and screw steamships Djambi and Vesuvius was formed. It was to go to the West Indies and join the screw steamship Cornelis Dirks and the schooner Atalante, which were already in Curaçao.[7] Not everything went according to plan. At first the departure of the Djambi was postponed to 1 July. In the end it was 17 July 1861 when Djambi sailed for the West Indies by herself. On 3 September Djambi arrived in Suriname.[8] On 7 October 1861 the Zeeland, Cornelis Dirks, Vesuvius, Djambi and Atalante were all anchored before Curaçao.[9] Except for the Zeeland, the squadron then went on a cruise to show the Venezuelans that they were present. On 5 January 1862 the squadron was in Curaçao. A few days later Djambi left to visit Sint Eustatius. Saint Martin, Saba, Martinique and Saint Croix.[10] After the affair with Venezuela was terminated, the ships could return to Europe. On 22 June the squadron lay ready to sail in the harbor of Curaçao.[11] On 1 August Djambi left the West Indies. On 7 September 1862 she arrived back in Nieuwediep.[12]

Djambi's next voyage would be to the East Indies. In September 1862 she was planned to be the first ship to use the new Willemsoord Dry Dock II in Willemsoord. While workmen were preparing for her entrance, the bottom of the dock suddenly ripped open, causing enormous damage.[13] The next plan was to have the sailing frigate Alexander leave the old Willemsoord Dry Dock I on 6 October so Djambi could enter. This happened on 10 October.

While Djambi was still in the West Indies, the plan for a friendly visit to Australia became known over there. In January 1862 the Dutch consulate in Sydney got letters that Djambi would visit to Australia. Port Jackson, Sydney would be the first port of call.[14]

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