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The Batavia,build in Amsterdam in 1628,was meant to be the pride of the VOC (The Dutch East Indian company),huge sums of money were spent to make it ready for the big trip.
October 1628 it left the Northern Dutch island Texel,for the long business-journey to the Indonesian island Java,the start of a true drama and disaster......
june 1629 it all went terribly wrong,when the boat shipwrecked on a reef of the Wallabi group near the West Australian coast.
After this,an extreme brutal and bloody munity started among the survivors,about 120 passengers were raped and murdered.
September 1629 a savingship "'Saerdam""arrived to punish the Rebels and bring justice.
Only 68 of the 341 people of the Batavia made it to Java....


The original remains of the Batavia are now kept in Fremantle,Western Australia.
It was the idea of Dutch shipbuilder Willem Vos to rebuild a copy,together with a group of unemployed youngsters.
His plan was realised between 1985 and 95 on the Batavia wharf in Lelystad...
The idea of this picture came to me when visiting a birth-day party in Almere,about half an hour drive from the harbour of Lelystad.
It was perfect light,so I sneaked out for an hour or so,took the shot and rushed back to the party,nobody asked where I had been ..;=]

ps :""The fatal shore"":Robert Hughes.

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  • Copyright: jan korbee (korbee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 602 W: 0 N: 868] (6619)
  • Genre: Pessoas
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-11
  • Categories: Acontecimentos
  • Exposição: f/4, 1/200 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2013-02-25 13:38
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