The history of TRIP
The origins of Rederij Trip
In May of 1924, de Haagsche Courant newspaper published a comic strip of a little man made of matchsticks and acorns. That figure was called Tripje. Tripje was a fast and smart guy. Just like Dirk Roos Senior (born in 1895). He quickly earned the nickname Tripje in Scheveningen.
Together with their father Roos (the last boatsman in Scheveningen), Bert and Dick Roos Junior founded a tugboat company in 1962.
Bert and Dick Junior immediately thought of a good name for the tugboat: TRIP. Father Roos wasn’t too pleased with this choice. He didn’t talk to his sons for three months.
But the tugboat company became a huge success and father Roos was very proud. In 1964 they acquired a second tugboat, the Eurotrip.
Two tugboats weren’t enough to supply the illegal radio ship Radio Noordzee Internationaal off the coast in Scheveningen and in 1970 they bought the Trip Tender. On weekends this boat sat idle. This really bothered the Roos family.
They decided to take passengers on fishing trips. This became such a huge success that in 1976 they added the Trip Senior. This boat was named after Dirk Roos Senior.
In 1982, the family bought the Trip Junior and named it after Dirk Roos Jr. (the son of Dick Roos Jr. and grandson of Dirk Roos Sr.), the current owner of the shipping company.
The two tugboats, as well as the Trip Tender and Trip Senior have been sold since then.