Ships from the Age of Sail and Steam

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Amsterdam: East Indiaman or VOC retour ship; Length: 48 m; 1,110 displacement tons; Comp.: 215, Armament: 8x12pdr, 16x8pdr, 8x4pdr, 10 swivel guns; Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1748

Built by the VOC for the long-distance spice-trade to the East Indies, Amsterdam was one of the largest. A full-scale replica, the Amsterdam II, was built and launched by the city of Amsterdam in 1989.
Avondster: Jaght; 250 tons burthen; Crew: 65; England; 1640

The Avondster (Evening Star), originally named Blessing and in service for 12 years with the British East India Company, was captured by the VOC in 1653 and renamed Avondster. She sank on the night of June 23, 1659, when she was loading cargo for India anchored at Black Fort, Galle (Sri Lanka). She slipped her anchor and drifted onto the rocks before anyone noticed (?).
Batavia: East Indiaman or VOC retour ship; 600 tons; Comp. 300; Armament: 28 guns; Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1628

Batavia sailed from Texel, north of Amsterdam, in the company of 10 other ships on October 29, 1628. After rounding the 'Kaap de Goede Hoop' the VOC ships would sail 2800 miles east, then turn north/northeast for Batavia on Java.

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Captain Adriaen Jacobszoon miscalculated Batavia's position and underestimated her progress. She turned north too late and on June 4th 1629, Batavia ran aground and was wrecked on the Abrolhos off the west coast of Australia. A replica of the Batavia was built and launched at Lelystad, Netherlands in 1995.

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Beverwaart: 760 tons; Crew: 224; VOC Amsterdam Wharf, Netherlands; 1702

Beverwaard sailed from 1702 tot 1723 on several voyages between Texel and Batavia. She was laid up at Batavia in 1723.

Dromedaris: Jaght; 560 tons burthen; Amsterdam Yard, Netherlands; 1646

The Dromedaris (Camelus dromedarius or dromedary camel) was Jan van Riebeeck's transport in a small Dutch VOC fleet (Dromedaris, Reijger, Goede Hoop) leaving Texel in December 1651 bound for Batavia but stopping (06/04/1652 - 25/05/1652) to establish a half-way post at Table Bay, South Africa (Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope) for the purpose of re-supplying and repairing VOC ships enroute or returning from the East-Indies.

Geelvinck: Three masted frigate-yacht; Length: 111 voet 7 duim; Beam: 29 voet 7 duim; Hold: 11 voet 5.5 duim; 380 tons; Crew: 120; VOC-wharf Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1696

Under the command of Willem de Vlamingh, Geelvinck was the lead vessel in a three ship expedition in 1696 (Geelvinck, Wezel and Nijptang). The expedition was tasked with charting the west-coast of Australia, and to look for survivors of t'Ridderschap van Holland, which had dissappeared in 1694, and Vergulde Draeck, lost 40 years earlier.
Geldermalsen: East Indiaman or VOC retour ship; Length: 45.7m; 1110 displacement tons; Comp.: 112; Armament: 31 guns; Zeeland, Netherlands; 1746

Named for the estate of VOC director Jan Van Borsele, Geldermalsen sailed to Batavia in 1746. In December 1751, she sailed fully loaded to return to the Netherlands under the command of Captain Jan Morel when she struck Admiral Stellingwerf Reef (south-east of Singapore) and sank while taking most of the crew down with her.
Halve Maen: Half Moon VOC Vlieboat; 80 om tons; Comp.: 20; Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1608

Contracted by the Dutch VOC, English explorer Henry Hudson's bark-rigged ship was to find the Northeast passage to the Indies. The Hudson river still bears his name as he explored the river and much of lower New York Bay. Two replica's of the Halve Maen have been built.

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Hercules: Jaght; length: 140 voet; beam: 33 voet; Draft: 14.5 voet; Armament: 30 iron guns; Zaandam, Netherlands; 1655

The Hercules cost 25,150 Dutch guilders to built in 1655. She was a relatively large and heavily armed VOC jaght built for the East India trade. She was wrecked in 1661 at Galle (Sri Lanka).

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Hollandia: East Indiaman or VOC retour ship; Length: 49.2m; 750 om tons; Comp.: 300; Armament: 8x12pdr, 16x8pdr, 8x4pdr, 10 swivel guns; Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1742

The second 150-voet class retour ship (after Eendracht in the same year ) built by the VOC for the long-distance spice-trade to Batavia in the East Indies. Hollandia was lost on her maiden voyage when she struck Gunners Rock in the Scilly Isles during rough weather. None of the crew survived the ordeal.
Limmen: Jaght; 120 gross tons; Crew: 56; Netherlands; 1637

The jaghts Limmen and Zeemeeuw and the galjoot Bracq were the three ships Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603-1659) took on his second VOC sponsored voyage to explore and circumnavigate Australia and find out whether Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) was separate from Australia and finally, also look for the wreck of the Batavia. He succeeded in determining that the Southland was a vast landmass. However, with the death of Governor-General Anthonie Van Diemen in 1645, Dutch exploration of Australia came to an end, to be picked up much later by the English with the voyages of James Cook in the 1790's.
Mary: Yacht; Length: 15.8m (keel); 100 tons; Crew: 28; Armament: 7 guns; Netherlands; 1661

The yacht Mary was presented to Charles II of England by the Dutch VOC in 1661, starting the tradition of 'yachting'.
Mercurius: Galjoot; 170 tons lasten; VOC Amsterdam wharf, Netherlands; 1700

Part of the 1707 Dutch fleet establishing a fort at Pasuruan (Pasoeroean) in 1707.
Meresteyn: East Indiaman or VOC retour ship; Length: 44.2 m; 160 tons lasten; Comp.: 200; Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1693

Meresteyn sailed from Texel to Batavia in 1701. Illness and a shortage of provisions on this ill-fated trip made the captain set anchor off Jutten Island, short of its usual stop at Cape Town, and Meresteyn was thrown on the rocks and sank. Her wreckage was re-discovered in 1971 and the 'loot' was put up for auction in 1975.
Vergulde Draeck: East Indiaman or VOC retour ship; Length: 38.2m; Beam: 9.5m; 260 tons; Comp.: 193; Armament: 24 guns; Zaandam, Netherlands; 1653

Built by the VOC for the long-distance spice-trade to Batavia in the East Indies, Vergulde Draeck (Gilded Dragon) was lost on her second voyage out when she ran aground on a reef 120 km north of Perth, Australia on April 28, 1656.
Zee Haen: Fluyt; 100 tons; 1640

Zee Haen was one of two ships, the other being the 60 ton Heemskerck, taking part in Abel Tasman's exploration and discovery of Tasmania and New Zealand's South Island, and his charting of the northwest Australian coastline. The Dutch East-India company (VOC) ships left Batavia on the 14th of August 1642. After an eventful and productive voyage, Zee Haen returned to Batavia 6 months later.

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Zuytdorp: East Indiaman or VOC retour ship; 700 tons; Comp.: 286; Zeeland, Netherlands; 1710

The Zuytdorp left Zeeland on the first of August 1711 for Batavia and wrecked on cliffs just south of Shark Bay on the Western Australian coast somewhere between May and July 1712.

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