"Lelystad Haven visit the Batavia" Lelystad-Haven by Jaco_Emmen

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The Batavia, Dutch proud from the past relives

Will tell you about the Batavia

16th Century the Dutch were traders.
Always with a Cannon under the right arm and a Knife between the teeth they robbed the East Indies and brought the goodies back home.

Besides the East Indies they robbed numberous other places which made them pretty famous.

The English, Spanish and Portuguees were also good robbers from that time.

Because all the goodies comming in, this century is called the Golden Century here in Holland.

It is also the reason why everybody calls The Netherlands --> Holland.

The Province where Amsterdam is located and where the warehouses are from the VOC.

Probably it brought us a lot of things like pepper, coffee and china already years and years ago.

It could also be the reason why we do have this Delfts Pottery.
(Need tocheck on this.)

So now you ask me, why on the Lelystad Haven page?

Well here in Lelystad is an excibition with a replica being build and one already finished in the water of the great United East Indies Company, in Dutch the VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie).

As you can see in the picture you can walk all floors of the ship and feel like a sailer in the 17th Century. Even if you want to get married on the ship, it is all possible!

Here a little history on the VOC and the ship. You can visit their site for more information.

VOC, what does it stand for?

In 1602 The Dutch United East Indies Company (VOC) was founded.

On the instigation of the then States General, a number of merchants of the provinces of Holland and Zeeland decided to cooperate closely in Eastern Asia where they formerly competed against one another.

The newly formed company was named the "Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie" (VOC).

After all the company was granted exclusive rights by the States General for trade in the East Indies and the right to negotiate treaties and, if need be, wage war.

The new company developed rapidly and prospered. Profits were enormous, and many investors were drawn to participate in the lucrative sea trade.

The VOC was organised into six "chambers".

These chambers were located in Amsterdam, Middelburg (Zeeland), Rotterdam, Delft, Hoorn and Enkhuizen.

Representatives of these chambers formed the Board of the VOC that in accordance with the number of members was named the "Gentleman Seventeen".

Every year the VOC sent about thirty ships to trade in the East Indies.

Many of these ships were built on VOC owned shipyards.

Some ships were especially built for East Indian waters and were designed to make return trips to the at that time called ‘Dutch Republic’, these vessels were called "retourschepen" (returnships). The Batavia is such a VOC-retourship.

The VOC also built smaller ships like Flutes, Yachts and Galliots.

1985, the reconstruction of the Batavia is a fact.

In the year 1985 a start was made with the reconstruction of the Batavia on a shipyard in the Dutch city of Lelystad.

Under the guidance of Master-shipbuilder Willem Vos a group of young people worked on this project.

The keynote has been to achieve the most authentic reconstruction by using traditional materials and following the building methods of the day.

In order to reconstruct the Batavia use was made of a number of historical sources, from archives and museums, like building descriptions from the 17th century, prints, paintings etc.

Also archaeological evidence, like the shipwrecks of the Vasa in Stockholm and the Batavia in the West-Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle, Australië, were of great importance.

On 7th of April 1995 Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands, officially named the ship "Batavia", after which the ship was launched.

The Batavia is owned and made accessible to the public by the Batavia Yard.

On the 25th of September 1999 the Batavia had left the Netherlands for more than a year. The ship was taken to Sydney , Australia and was moored near the National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

On 12th June 2001 the Batavia returned to her home port Lelystad near the IJsselmeer, where she can be visited everyday from 10 to 5.

Batavia - Cannons below Decks

When you be carefull, you do not hurt your head, as people tend to be longer and longer over time, we hardly fit in these 'small' spaces!

The boat is turned rear to stern

Every 6 months the boat will be 'in open seas' to turn the other side to the East as erosion on that side is worse!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very high historic value
  • Cons:You need good weather as it's OUTSIDE
  • In a nutshell:Love to sit on the deck and imagine how it's been....
  • Last visit to Lelystad-Haven: Oct 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 8, 2005
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