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It must have been earlier than 1968.

The 2nd Willem Barendsz was build in 1955 by Wilton-Fijenoord Schiedam for Ned. Mij. voor de Walvisvaart, Amsterdam. Her subsequent story goes like that:
10/65: Sold to South Africa and converted into a fish-factory.
1973: Sold to for Won Yang Fisheries Co., South Korea, renamed Yu Sin.
1978: Renamed Gae Cheog No 1.
1981: Renamed Gae Cheog.
1988: To Alaska as Ocean Pioneer.
No further information available to me.

As for the first ship - built in 1931 as oil tanker Pan Gothia - she has been renamed Bloemendael in 1955 and sold in 1960 to Japan and renamed Nitti Maru. She was scrapped in 1966.

Hi Aristo,
Do you know when Willem Barendsz I got her name? You stated possibly built as oil tanker Pan Gothia, and renamed Bloemendael in 1955. Relased her name to WB II.
Greetings from New Zealand.
 

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According to miramarshipindex.nz PAN GOTHIA was converted in 1946 to a whaling factory ship and renamed WILLEM BARENDSZ
 
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