Springtime in Holland
The harbour was once the busiest part of the town
Oost running from Rode Steen to the Oosterpoort, one of the gateways
into the city, is an attractive residential street with tall brick
buildings dating from the C17th and C18th. These were probably the homes of wealthy merchants and seamen
The church of St Anthony or Oosterkerk dates from the C15th although the facade on Grote Oost was added in 1616. It was traditionally the church for the skippers and fishermen.
Small alleyways lead off Grote Oost.
Running parallel to Grote Oost to the south is Applehaven with later single storey houses.
Further to the south is , which runs along the side of Binnehaven, where small sailing ships are now moored.
This is lined by a mix of old and modern houses. The architecture of the modern houses has been designed to complement that of the older houses. These were built with the upper storeys leaning forward which may have facilitated the lifting of goods into the attics.
Oude Doelenkade leads to Veermanskade with Hoofdtorer, which was built in the C16th to guard the access to the port. This originally had a light beacon at the top to guide ships. It is now a restaurant.
On the harbour wall near the Hoofdtoren are three bronze statues of the Bontekoe ship boys. Bontekoe was the skipper of one of the Dutch East India Company ships. Hajo, Padde and Rolf were cabin boys on the voyage. During the voyage, a cask of brandy was accidentally set on light and this caused the gunpowder magazine to explode and sink the ship. The survivors survived on fish and birds they caught and rain water. The crew got so hungry they agreed to kill the three ship boys although it was agreed they would wait three more days. Fortunately for the boys, the lifeboat reached land and they were saved. Their story might have been forgotten if the log kept by Bontekoe hadnít been turned into a popular childrenís book and also a film.
Between Binnehaven and Applehaven is a small canal.
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