Cornelis Gips (1778 - 1843)

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Birthplace: Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Death: Died
Occupation: ship builder
Managed by: John Eugene Visser
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About Cornelis Gips

Cornelis Gips founded the ship building company "C. Gips and Sons" (in Dutch "C. Gips en Zoonen") at his father's ship yard in Dordrecht, Netherlands.


As a young man, Cornelis works for this father, Pieter, building minor barges in his father's small ship yard.

In 1822 Cornelis inherits the large ship yard of his father-in-law, Dirk Boest.

In 1825 he builds his first ship, the 217 ton "Hope" for owner Gerrit van Hoogstraten of Dordrecht.

In 1827 he builds his first steamship , the "Anna Pavlovna."

Cornelis' father dies in 1828. Cornelius' older brother Jan inherits their father's ship yard.

In 1829 the company begins construction of it's first frigate, "De Dordtenaar" for owner Adolph Blusse van Oud Alblas.

On August 30, 1830, De Doortendaar, at 451 tons, is launched and receives her first load fifteen minutes later at the yard of vessel master Jan Schouten.

In 1843, Cornelis dies and leaves his company to three of his sons; Dirk, Dingemans and Regorus.

In 1853 the keel was laid of their 1st medium clipper the "Kosmopoliet I."

In 1854 the brothers launch the clipper "Cornelis Gips" in honer of their father.

In 1854 the company launched the clipper ship "Kosmopoliet", Netherlands first clipper ship. Wiki entry:

In 1856 the brothers buy the ship yard of Jan Smit located next to the Veerdam of Papendrecht.

In 1860 they buy the yard of Jan Schouten at the Willow Bosch.

See this book written by Ron de Vos about Netherlands' clipper ships - it includes numerous pages on the C. Gips and Sons company, the family, and their ships:

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Cornelis Gips's Timeline

Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Age 23
Age 25
December 22, 1806
Age 28
Dordrecht, Dordrecht, South Holland, The Netherlands
Age 34
June 22, 1843
Age 65
- present
C. Gips en Zoonen