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Gasselternijveen, a town of skippers

It was thanks to the transportation of turf (peat) from the area that Gasselternijveen developed into a village of ships’ captains. The skippers in the village carried their cargo via the Stadskanaal to the fuel merchants in the west of the country. In 1881 Gasselternijveen numbered at least 67 captains among its inhabitants.

The roomy captain’s house from the 1850’s

The fourth sea port in the Netherlands

After the turf transport came to an end, the skippers in Gasselternijveen bought small sea-going vessels and specialized in the coastal trade. Successfully, because in 1913, in terms of the number of ships registered, Gasselternijveen was the fourth sea port in the Netherlands after Rotterdam, Groningen and Amsterdam …

Location of Gasselternijveen

Coordinates:  52°59’10.5″N 6°50’47.5″E

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  • Vaart 3
  • 9514 AA Gasselternijveen
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Village of Ships Gasselternijveen