La Belle Epoque barge Review and Specifications
Specifications of La Belle Epoque barge
|Year built||1930 / Age : 89|
|Speed||10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph|
|Length (LOA)||38 m / 125 ft|
|Beam (width)||5 m / 16 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||200 gt|
|Passengers||6 - 12|
|Decks with cabins||1|
|Former names||Savornin Lohmann|
Review of La Belle Epoque barge
La Belle Epoque barge ship was built in Holland in 1930 in order to serve carrying timber. The vessel was renovated in 1995 and currently serves as Boutique Hotel Barge on Burgundy Canal. This luxury barge is owned and operated by European Waterways.
The barge's original name was "Savornin Lohmann" and her owner was Leendert Kruijt. Growing up on the barge of his father, Leendert went from one school to another, traveling with his parents and often spending just a few hours in one school before going to another. In 1939 which bought the start of the WWII, Kruijt family had to escape to France with the barge. La Belle Epoque became a timber barge and carried wood along the rivers and canals of France. Later, the Kruijt family grew in number, moved ashore and left someone else in charge of their barge. The timber business ceased and the cargo-carrying days of La Belle Epoque came to an end.
In 1993 the Kruijt family decided to sell the barge ship and retire. However, they found a buyer 3 years later but Leendert did not agree the boat on which he had grown up to end up as re-cycled iron and wooden planks. In 1995 the barge was bought by European Waterways, renamed "La Belle Epoque" and renovated. Added were a jacuzzi, bike store, luxury cabins and everything else needed to transform her into a luxury boutique hotel barge.
Today, La Belle Epoque once again cruises Burgundy Canal carrying guests and crew on weekly itineraries between Pouillenay to Tonnerre.
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