Springtime in Holland
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.
There is a splendid lion at the prow.
Steps lead up to the main deck.
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.
The captainís quarters where he ate and slept are off the upper deck.
He had his own privy which emptied down the side of the ship.
Outside his door is the timer glass which measured the quarter hours with the bell used to ring them.
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.
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.
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