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    Also known as Dordreght or Maiden of Dordrecht

    Built in 1618 on the new Peperwerf (Pepper Wharf), Amsterdam, the ship was destroyed by fire in 1630.

    In June 1628 the Dordrecht returned to Amsterdam from a voyage to the East Indies. During this voyage the two ‘captains’ of the ship, Chief Merchant Francisco Pelsaert (later captain of the Batavia) and Skipper Adriaan Jacobsz, had a severe quarrel. The cause of this quarrel is unknown, but it was severe enough that Jacobsz subsequently harboured a grave dislike for Pelsaert. This incident partly decided the fate of the Batavia, which drifted off course due to inter-crew conflict, resulting in her eventual shipwrecking.

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    Background information

    In 1628, the Dordrecht was part of a seven-ship convoy to the East Indies, led by the Batavia. The Dordrecht was lost on the 30th of April 1630 after a severe fire, fuelled by brandy. The full crew was rescued, but the ship sank together with her valuable cargo. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) immediately forbade all spirits on its ships, but this old habit was reinstated in 1640. (vocsite.nl, 2015)

    A little-known fact: the Dordrecht was one of the first ships to discover the South of Australia:
    Captain Frederick de Houtman in the VOC ship Dordrecht and Jacob d'Edel, Councillor of the Indies, in the VOC ship Amsterdam sighted the land south of the mouth of the Swan River which they called "d'Edelsland". De Houtman sailed north keeping the coast in sight when he came across small islands surrounded by coral reefs (these Islands are still known as the Houtman Abrolhos) (vochistory.org.au, 2015).

    According to the VOC classification dated 1614 the Dordrecht was the largest East Indiaman to be built, having a length of 150 foot.

    This model, at a scale of 1:72, is much like the Batavia. The example for the carving on the stern is the Maiden of Dordrecht, as depicted on the Groothoofdspoort (Groothooft Gate) in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. The original carving dates back to 1616.
    Kit is level 3 on a scale of 4.

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