Boat Amsterdam

Boat Amsterdam

Netherlands belonged to the maritime power in the past and many of today's most popular tourist attractions is associated with that famous history. One such tourist attraction is a replica of the ship Amsterdam, namesake of the town Amsterdam.

 

The ship Amsterdam was built in the 18th century for the Dutch East India Company as a freighter for trade with Asia. The ship set off om its maiden voyage to Batavia in 8th of January 1749. Batavia was name of Indonesian capital of Jakarta at the time of the Dutch empire. Ship Amsterdam was commanded by 33 year old captain Willem Klump and crew includes 203 sailors, 127 soldiers and 5 passengers. The ship attempted to sail already in 15th of November 1748 and then again in 6th of December 1748 but due to unfavorable wind the ship always had to return back to the port.

 

Neither the third attempt to sail did not fare well. The ship Amsterdam set sail in 8th of January 1749 but it was encountered strong headwinds in the English Channel. After many days of parking on the spot there was discovered plague on the ship. There was a rebellion and in the end the rudder was damaged. Out of control boat stuck in the mud and sand near Hastings.

 

Ship wreck was discovered in 1969 and has been perfectly preserved. A replica of the ship Amsterdam was created by 400 volunteers in the years 1985 to 1990 and ship belongs to the Netherlands Maritime Museum. The ship is 48 meters long, 11.5 meters wide and 56 meters high.

 

Currently the replica of boat Amsterdam is moored next to the NEMO in Amsterdam. For the fans of ships and sailing can be an interesting experience also visit the Museum of Maritime Navigation in Rotterdam.

25.3.2011 | Pedros | Cities |
Boat Amsterdam
Boat Amsterdam
Boat Amsterdam
Boat Amsterdam
Boat Amsterdam
Boat Amsterdam
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