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I would like to show you a few details of either replica, or parts of the Dutch sailing heritage. I begin with a detail of the Prins Willim.

The Prins Willim was built in Middelburg, Zeeland in 1649. It is the biggest ship that was ever build for the V.O.C (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, United East Indian Company) in the 17th century. That was the company that stole all the goodies from our former colony Indonesia, then called Indie. The wealth of the 17th century in the Netherlands is thanks to the VOC, and the goodies form the colonies. The ship wrecked in a storm in 1662 at Madagascar, no one was saved.
The ship in that time were very richly decorated as you can see here. In the workshop area you will find the back of the ship, (Spiegel, mirror), and the bigger part of the detail.

The replica was built in 1985.

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