Springtime in Holland

Day 4 - Batavia


The Batavia is a reconstruction of the flagship of the Dutch East India Company that sank in 1629


The Batavia is moored on the Markermeer, outside Bataviawerf.
 
Batavia

There is a splendid lion at the prow.

Day 4 - Batavia

Steps lead up to the main deck.

Batavia

The steering house is off this at the stern of the ship. There is no wheel as all steering was done using a lever attached to the rudder.

Batavia

The captainís quarters where he ate and slept are off the upper deck.
 
Batavia


Batavia

Batavia

He had his own privy which emptied down the side of the ship.
 
Batavia

Outside his door is the timer glass which measured the quarter hours with the bell used to ring them.

Batavia

The gun deck was where the crew slept, where ever they could find space. Ships carried cannons as they were subject to pirate attack. The capstan painted red white and blue was used to raise the anchor and also for loading or unloading heavy cargo. 16 to 20 men were needed for this.

Batavia

Batavia

Batavia

Off the gun deck is a tiny galley which was the only place on board where a fire was allowed. Below the gun deck is the cargo hold.

Batavia

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