Today we introduce you to Jan Kemp.
He was not only a captain who sailed to London on his ship "the good expectation" -de goede verwachting-and owned another two ships.
He also sailed together with Jan Vlieland.
Later he sold his three Bomships. He invested in an English bathing machine ,
He brought this bathing machine to Noordwijk aan Zee his hometown and started tourism this way.
This advertisement was in the newspapers.
The undersigned advertises here ,that he ,owner, of ,a new manufactured in England ,
extra well equipped bathing machine,intends, to ,start in the month of June this year,by his own ,to gentlemen and ladies ,who desire this ,to give them opportunity to use a COLD SEABATH:
may sign up at his house in Noordwijk aan zee .which is also equipped for the arriving,before or after the use of the Bath, to feel comfortable :and also use some refreshments.-The undersigned flatters himself ,that this establisment,perfectly satisfied, will be to the desire ,here,in a decent and secure way.utilize this pleasant and healthy Seabath,and will do anything ,to satisfy all his beneficiaries.
Noordwijk aan Zee 25 th May 1819. Jan Kemp
I am trying very hard to find out where he, Jan Kemp, ordered this bathing machine .But so far I have not found an English manufacturer or an advertisement in a newspaper or an auction.
Maybe Jan Vlieland brought it back on his ship the Maria Elisabeth.
Here are some advertisements
in 1825 he is a custom officer .
In the exellent blog Noordwijkse Huizen we find more on Jan Kemp and the start of the tourism in Noordwijk as a seaside resort .
Ray send us more on the bathing machine and his family in Margate,
to be continued