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Project description

The objective of the project the Maritime Portal of the Netherlands is to develop a central website listing all organisations and institutes interested in maritime history (museums, researchers, associations, etc.) and making them accessible – eventually offering fully integrated access for the general public as well as for those with a specific interest. In 2014, the informal national collaborative project in the maritime domain, the Maritieme Koepel (Maritime Dome), took the initiative to develop a central website: the Maritime Portal of the Netherlands. On 18 November 2016, the website went live ( Anyone searching for maritime subjects, events or organisations will find the required information on the portal. New connections will emerge between data, stimulating new research questions. It will facilitate research into maritime history. The initiators deliberately opted for the name Maritime Portal, because the aim is to make the website into a real access portal for all things maritime. The Maritime Portal is being developed in stages, allowing for different parts to be bolted on at different points in time.

Overview of Participants in the Maritime Portal on 1 February 2018

  1. Atlas of Mutual Heritage
  2. Corts Foundation, The
  3. Federatie Varend Erfgoed Nederland
  4. Fries Scheepvaartmuseum (Frisian naval museum)
  5. Fryske Akademy- KNAW
  6. Huygens ING – KNAW
  7. Koninklijk Zeeuwsch Genootschap der Wetenschappen
  8. Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging ‘Onze Vloot’
  9. Landelijke Vereniging tot Behoud van het Historisch Bedrijfsvaartuig
  10. Linschoten Vereeniging
  11. Marinemuseum
  12. Maritiem Museum Rotterdam MMR
  13. Museum Kaap Skil
  14. Museum Vlaardingen
  15. Nationaal Baggermuseum
  16. Nationaal Reddingmuseum Dorus Rijkers
  17. Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie
  18. Nederlandse Vereniging voor Zeegeschiedenis
  19. New Holland Foundation
  20. Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
  21. Collaborating Maritime Funds (subsidy) (Vereeniging de Prins Hendrik Stichting, Het Admiraal van Kinsbergenfonds, Vaderlandsch Fonds ter aanmoediging van ’s-Lands Zeedienst, Directie der Oostersche Handel en Rederijen, N.I.S.S.)
  22. Het Scheepvaartmuseum Amsterdam
  23. Sonttolregisters Online
  24. Stichting behoud stoomschip Rotterdam
  25. Stichting Maritiem Historische Databank
  26. Stichting Nederlandse Kaap Hoorn-vaarders
  27. Vereeniging Nederlandsch Historisch Scheepvaartmuseum (grant)
  28. ZB | Planbureau en Bibliotheek van Zeeland
  29. Zeeuws maritiem muZEEum
  30. Zuiderzeemuseum


Sub-project New Maritime History of the Netherlands (4 parts)

Each part deals with a clearly demarcated period from Dutch maritime history. Starting point is the development of Dutch shipping in and outside Europe. The international context – the position/development of Dutch shipping in the world – is also important and will be discussed when necessary, but the NMGN is not a comparative study. Another important basic principle is the development of goods flows by water throughout the centuries, which has been a defining factor in many respects for the development of types of ships, navigation equipment and trading networks. This not only applies to inland waterways and the merchant navy within and outside Europe, but also to fishing (the regional and international fish trade) and the navy as protector of trading routes.  All these shipping sectors are addressed in the NMGN, as well as the offshore sector in part four. The central question is: how has Dutch shipping – viewed in the broadest sense – developed since the twelfth century in terms of transporting goods and people across the water?

The ‘product’ that we will deliver in 2019 is the full, comprehensive digital text of the NMGN. In 2019, the text will be fully embedded in the Maritime Portal. The editorial team will consist of: Christiaan van Bochove – Henk Dessens – Anita van Dissel – Els van Eijck van Heslinga – Els Jacobs – Henk den Heijer – Wouter Heijveld – Peter Sigmond. Editorial secretary is Marja de Keuning.


Article in Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis (pp. 62-63)

Future events

Symposium on 16 March 2018: Make maritime history visible: knowledge exchange between historians and curators, held at RCE, Amersfoort.

Symposium on 23 November 2018. Symposium. Title as yet unknown.


Marja de Keuning


Marja de Keuning, ‘Website. The Maritime Portal of the Netherlands’’, Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis 35:2 (2016) 62-63.

Marja de Keuning, ‘Website Het Maritiem Portal: de kracht van samenwerken’, Verenigingsbladen Oudstudenten Maritiem Onderwijs (March 2018) 20-21.

Social media

Twitter: @MaritiemPortal