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Defending Victoria says: "While the Cerberus lies disintegrating
in Half-Moon bay, the Dutch are busily restoring one of their
historic iron monitors. That ship is now part of the collection of
the Dutch Naval Museum and again in the care (and benefitting
from the budget) of the Royal Netherlands Navy. No such
interest in the fate of Cerberus seems to be emanating from
the Government of Australia or the Royal Australian Navy".
 
Photo of Scorpion  
Holland's historic
Schorpioen today.
 
 
The ship's ram.
Removal of the ship's turret and armour over the
years has lightened the ship considerably. Her
ram, normally invisible underwater, can be
clearly seen here.Photographs by Dirk Vries.

Another view of Schorpioen under restoration

Dirk Vries writes:
 'Schorpioen', now moored at the former naval Dockyard
Den Helder, she is now part of the collection of the Dutch
naval museum and hence again in the care (and benefiting
from the budget) of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
The forecastle is under repair now and bowsprit, anchor-
davits and skylights have been temporarily removed to
allow the replacement of deck-planking, that suffered
rotting. The same will be done to the wooden deck house
behind the turret. By the way, all deck housing is still
original. The original turret (the present one is dummy)
was of the Coles design just like the turrets of the
Australian 'Cerebus'.
Unlike 'Cerebus' she carried only one turret due to her
prime assignment as a coast defence ram-ship. I suppose
the events of the 1866 battle of Lissa confirmed the
choice to earmark the ram as the main armament of
'Schorpioen'. Although built in France (the only Dutch
warship ever!) 'Schorpioen' received her guns from
Armstrong at Newcastle, Great Britain, after
commissioning. These guns are long gone now but
plans have been made to recover the same type of
guns from the monitor 'Adder', lost in the North Sea
in 1882. (This hardly seaworthy low freebard monitor
was accidentally flooded in a storm.)
Before repainting began
How "The Scorpion" looked
before restoration began.
 
Stern nameplate
The ship's name emblaz-
oned on her stern before
repainting began. Photo
by Dirk Vries.
 

 
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