The 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
The Batavia 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. Our 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 planking, decks, masts and hand-cast ornaments. Sails are available as a separate kit, containing fabric, blue-prints and blocks.
Kit is level 3+ on a scale of 4.
Model: € 395,-
Sail kit: € 35,-
Price is excluding postal costs - but please ask for this - we can send worldwide
East Indiamen did not just have a big load capacity, they were also capable of carrying passengers. They were three-masters, carrying square sails or a combination of square and staysails. The sprit often had a course and topsail. These ships were characterised by the galleon, which could measure up to one fifth of the total length of the ship. The spritsails were controlled from the galleon.
In 1614, the Dutch East India Company management divided their return ships into three classifications. The largest of these had a length of 150 ‘Rhineland’ feet (approx. 43 metres). In 1626 they agreed a new classification with a maximum length of 160 feet (approx. 46 meter) (vocsite.nl, 2015). To defend herself in combat, the ship carried 24 cannons.
The original Batavia was built in 1628 on the Peperwerf (Pepper wharf) in Amsterdam, according to the new 160 foot classification. She was shipwrecked on the Australian coast on her maiden voyage to the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia). Remains of the ship and of the cruelties committed after her wrecking can be viewed at the Western Australian Museum in Fremantle, Australia.
|approx. 95 cm
|approx. 35 cm|
|Height||approx. 80 cm
|Armaments||24 cannons||22 cannons
(plus two closed gun ports)