Mariners: Brief History of the Boat

Built by Acieries de Bruges, Bruges as gunboat ss Argus

Launched 1899, commissioned 1900 for the department of the Belgium State

May 1940
 Requisitioned by "Corps de Marine" (Belgian Navy)- sunk, raised and repaired by the Germans

11 December 1945
 Returns to owners in Antwerp and back in service as FLANDRIA VII

1952/53
 Fitted out as a Red Cross hospital ship and renamed FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (Dutch Flag)

In the early Seventies
 Fitted out as a party boat and operated as such for 18 years

November 1990
 Handed over to Contship Ltd and subsequently crossed to Harwich and moored in Ipswich Docks. Transformed into an Italian restaurant named Il Punto.

March 1994
Taken over by Mr Regis Crepy (owner of the great house, Lavenham and founder of Maison bleue, Bury St Edmunds)

Today 
Mariners 1900(Formerly Il Punto) is an award winning restaurant, open Tuesday to Sunday, serving French food in a fantastic atmosphere, with Al Fresco eating on our patio deck in fine weather.
In 2018 the restaurant was purchased by French chef Julien Jourdain and his wife Karine. They have both been in the catering business for over 15 years. Julien was the previous business partner of the waterfront bar and bistro, acclaimed and well known establishment for over 10 years. We aim to bring the Amuda back to its former glory by offering a more vibrant and contemporary approach
The boat can be booked for private parties

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