After 40 years, the pancake ship will be unmooring
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Family and ‘home friend’ visit favourite ‘t Pannekoekschip in Groningen is to move to a new location after 40 years, reports the Dagblad van het Noorden. Owner Marjon Meiboom has secured a new, larger, location in the Oosterhaven. The current ship is to be sold for scrap (via RTV Noord).
Work is underway on the inner canal ring (‘Diepenring’) to create a new bridge close to the Kattendiep. The current ship has space for 140 people, with another 30 outside on a terrace. The new pancake ship has been in use for 16 years in Almere (Flevoland), was built in 1939, and has space for up to 180 people with a further 60 outside.
Wethouder for Groningen Roeland van der Schaaf (PvdA) says that there is plenty of interest in the old ship, speaking in response to a question in the city council for GroenLinks. The greens had proposed keeping the old pancake ship as a piece of the city’s heritage, and turning it into another hospitality outlet, or shop.
“We’ve arranged with the current owners that the ship is to be sold for scrap”, says Van der Schaaf, “and we shall make new arrangements with the owners if anyone else wants to take over the ship as it is”.