The rich history of Mijn Torpedoloods…


Storage of sea mines and torpedoes

It should be clear that MIJN Torpedoloods has a rich history. The monumental building in which MIJN Torpedoloods is located was built in the late nineteenth century. In 1886 to be precise. In the 130 years that followed, the building has been used for a variety of (military) purposes. But at first the building was used as a warehouse for the storage of sea mines and torpedoes. Whenever danger approached by water, the sea mines were quickly picked up and placed in the Waterweg. The Torpedoloods has successfully fulfilled this function for decades.

The Eclectic Architecture

MIJN Torpedoloods is built in an eclectic style. This is a combination of elements derived from diverse styles and trends, which are intertwined in the building. In many instances does the eclectic architecture fall back on the past. It is through this merging of decorations from different historical style periods that a new whole is created.

During World War II

Decades later, during World War II, the building was the perfect location for the storage of munition. The Germans occupied the building and extended it with a second bunker, which is located right next to the building. It was through this that a large amount of munition and ship parts were able to be stored. The older bunker, which is located behind the building, was also strengthened.

“The inhabitants of Hoek van Holland were allowed to shower in the bath shed every Saturday for 10 cents each.”

10 cents a shower

The building was further extended with the arrival of a bath shed, built in the same eclectic style as the Torpedoloods. Thish bath shed was built to provide accommodation for the German military personnel, such as guards and logistic personnel. The inhabitants of Hoek van Holland were also allowed to shower here every Saturday for 10 cents each.

The postwar Torpedoloods

The Torpedoloods became the mobilization point for local militia, Should the Netherlands again be involved in a war, then the citizens from Hoek van Holland and the surrounding area known as ‘het Westland’ were to be armed here. Military equipment was stored here for decades, up until the nineteeneighties, when the Department of Defense vacated the building. It remained vacant until it gained a new purpose in the late nineties: Hospitality. Up until 2012 ‘The Torpedoloods’ enriched the harbor of Hoek van Holland as a restaurant. As of 2014 it has been known as MIJN Torpedoloods.

MIJN Torpedoloods as national monumental

The Torpedoloods received its monumental characater in 1970, when the monuments law was drafted. Due to its part in our national history, it has achieved the status of national monument, which gives it eternal protection. Hoek van Holland has three national monuments; the fort, the bunkers and MIJN Torpedoloods.