Batavia



1994
Batavia 1994

I am at the moment reading. The View from Penthouse B  by Elinor Lipman. It takes place in an appartment building called Batavia - named after a Dutch East Indiaman built in 1628 in Amsterdam. It was wrecked on its maiden voyage off the  Australian coast. 40 out of a crew of 341 drowned, but the rest reached a small island.  Lack of water and food made the commander  Francisco Pelsaert, together with some of the officers, sail for help in the ship's boat. In his absence a mutiny broke loose under command of one of the company's officials - Jeronimus Cornelisz.
More than 100 people were slaughtered by him and his followers. A group of soldiers led by Wiebe Hayes fought the mutineers from a nearby island, and when  Pelsaert returned he succeeded with the help of these soldiers to overcome the rebellion. Most mutineers were hanged, some whipped, some keelhauled and two were cast off in Australian mainland.

In 1985 the reconstruction of  Batavia began. To increase interest in East Indiamans  and also to provide a training center for building ships, sail making, rigging and woodcarving.  We  followed the progress by visiting the yard in Lelystad in 1990 - 1992 and 1994.
1990

Batavia 1990
1990
Batavia is a good 45 meter long and has been one of the biggest ships of its time. The ships had to be big to carry goods, a crew of 200-300 people and  provisions for the whole journey.
1992
1992
Bartavia
1992
Bartavia
1992
Much of the timber is oak from Denmark (1800 cubic meter). The 19 meter long  bowsprit is made of one larch tree also from Denmark. l

Bartavia
Bowsprit 1994
Bartavia
1994

It was important the ship was well armed.  There were 32 guns on  Batavia.

Bartavia
Fireplace 11994
On a wooden ship open fire is a huge risk. This is bricked and lined wit copper plates.

Bartavia
The tiller 1994

Bartavia
Sail making workshop 1994.
Batavia has long  been launched and is situated at the quay . There is also a museum  now:  Batavialand
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