Batavia VOC Return Ship
Batavia is a so-called ‘return ship’, better known as ‘East Indiaman’ in English. These ships were used by the Dutch East India Company for return journeys between the Netherlands and the Dutch colonies. She is famous for being shipwrecked on her maiden voyage in 1628/29 and the report written by captain Francisco Pelsaert: ‘Unfortunate Voyage of the ship Batavia’.
The ship became even more famous due to its full-scale replica, built at the tail end of the last century on the Batavia wharf in Lelystad, the Netherlands, which is well worth visiting. This model is built to a scale of 1:72 using the Lelystad replica as an example. Hull, rigging, decks, ornaments etc. are all based on the original at the Batavia wharf.
The kit contains laser-cut keel and frames, full (single) walnut planking, decks, masts and hand-cast ornaments. Sails are available as a separate kit, containing fabric, plans, instructions, extra thread, blocks and belaying pins.
Length: 37.4″ (950mm)
Width: 13.7″ (350mm)
Height: 31.5″ (800mm)