The small town Brouwershaven located on the northernmost island in Zeeland, Schouwen-Duiveland, can proudly look back on a rich maritime history. On the one hand a harbour for the transfer of goods, and on the other hand a home base for fishermen. Yet it was not only commerce and fishery that determined the image of the harbour. And this was certainly not the case between 1838 and 1870 when Brouwershaven took over the role of Rotterdam as principal harbour when the silting up of tidal inlets made entrance to the major port impossible.