Dutch shipbuilding in the 17th century - The Batavia Shipyard in Lelystad
The Batavia Wharf (The Batavia Shipyard) in Lelystad is a centre for traditional shipbuilding. From 1985 to 1995 more than 200 young people worked on an authentic reconstruction of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) merchantship Batavia from 1628. Batavia was shipwrecked on her maiden voyage, and was made famous by the subsequent mutiny and massacre that took place among the survivors. The Batavia Yard is foremost a center for traditional shipbuilding. Since 1985 over 200 young people have built an authentic reconstruction of the VOC-merchantman Batavia from 1628.
Witness the glory that was the VOC (East India Company) in the shape of their monumental headquarters, built, by Hendrick de Keyser. The VOC (Verenigde Oost Indische Compagnie) was founded in 1602 as Amsterdam started to trade directly with the Orient - an enormously risky business, but this building, from 1605, seems full of confidence. By 1650, the VOC had 150 ships (protected by 40 battleships and 40,000 soldiers), enormous powers and a global trading empire. In effect, it was the world's first multinational.
In 1995 the Batavia was launched. She is now moored at a jetty in front of the yard. In the same year the keel was laid for the reconstruction of the man-of-war De Zeven Provinciën (= "Seven Provinces") from 1665. The Batavia Yard is a first rate tourist attraction. A visit to the yard offers you a fascinating view of Dutch shipbuilding of the 17th century. In the spring of 1999 the Batavia-shipyard maritime history opened its gates for visitors. In this centre archaeological findings, such as wrecks and artefacts is presented. Also a special pavillion on inland shipping on the former Zuyderzee is added to the yard.
Thanks to the many shipwrecks in Flevoland, Lelystad now houses the National Centre for Maritime History, with a museum and the shipyard that has built the Batavia replica. An adventure of discovery in Lelystad. Together the Batavia Wharf (The Batavia Shipyard), National Service for Cultural Heritage Lelystad (RCE Lelystad, formerly RACM Lelystad) and Nieuw Land Poldermuseum/Heritage Centre form Batavia Stad Museums (BataviaStad Musea). Here, you will see amazing images of maritime history, ship wrecks and the reclaiming of the polder with collections of the history of the Dutch province of Flevoland. The museums are within walking distance of each other. Batavia Stad factory outlet shopping center itself is the first Factory Outlet Village (FOV) in the Netherlands, featuring all major fashion brands 30-70% cheaper at their best.
This dynamic shipyard is open daily to the public. Offer guided tours, videoshows, a restaurant, a souvenir-shop etcetera. The 'Centre for maritime history' opens its gates for visitors. In this centre archaeological findings, such as wrecks and artefacts, is presented. Also a special pavillion on inland shipping on the former Zuyderzee is added to the yard. The Batavia Yard is a first-rate tourist attraction. A visit to the yard offers you a fascinating insight into Dutch shipbuilding in the 17th century.
De Zeven Provinciën (The Seven Provinces)
Eighty gun Ship of the Line. De 'Zeven Provinciën' (i.e. Seven Provinces, since the Dutch Republic in the 17th century consisted of seven rather independant lands) was originally built in 1664-65 for the Admiralty of the Meuse in Rotterdam, by Master Shipbuilder Salomon Jansz van den Tempel. The ship participated in all major naval combat between 1666 and 1692, like the Twoday's and Fourday's battles at North Foreland (1666); the Raids on Chatham and Harwich (1667), the Battles of Solebay, Schooneveld and Kijkduin (1672/1673) and, finally, the Battle of la Hougue (1692).
From 1666 tot 1674 the ship was the flagship of the Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, one of the most famous sea-officers the Dutch Republic had ever seen. In 1694 the Zeven Provinciën was decommissioned and sold to be broken up.
In 1995 a reconstruction of this most famous ship started on the Batavia Yard in Lelystad, under the guidance of master shipwright Willem Vos, the man that had already built the VOC-merchantman Batavia. The ship is being built by a group of young people, within a training programme.
Warship The 7 Provinciën
On the yard the building of the 17th-century man-of-war The 7 Provinciën (='Seven Provinces') is in full swing. Young unemployed Dutch people build this ship within the framework of a training and educational project. Visitors can watch the building process at close hand; special scaffolding provides a fine viewing point. Walk around the scaffolding of the replica of the battleship De 7 Provinciën. The reconstruction of this 17th-century ship is one of the largest historical shipbuilding projects in the world. The aura surrounding this legendary battleship will be in complete contrast to that of the Batavia, a trading ship. This will be primarily expressed in the amount of woodcarving work being done on the hundreds of images and ornaments as well as the 80 bronze cannon on board.
The Batavia is moored to the jetty in front of the yard. During the yard's regular opening hours she can be visited continuously. Make yourself aboard an authentic replica of a 17th-century Eastindiaman: roam around the decks and venture below into the galley and cabins. More details about VOC-merchantship Batavia
A Visit To The Batavia Yard visitors centre het Tolhuis (the Tollhouse)
Guests are met at visitors' centre het Tolhuis (the Tollhouse) by the volunteers of the Batavia-promotion-team. In the course of slide- and video shows and guided tours, this team of volunteers provides innumerable details about the construction of the ships Batavia and The 7 Provinciën and their historical background. During weekdays shipbuilding is in full swing and the yard buzzes with activity. For instance, the rigging and woodcarvers' workshops offer a fascinating view of traditional Dutch shipbuilding. Archaeology takes centre stage in our 'Centre for Maritime History', also a worth visit.
Shop sells many articles and books on the Batavia and its history, the 'Zeven Provinciën, marine archaeology, but also T-shirts, postcards etc. Furthermore they sell many more articles you should buy at the yard itself, like ships in bottles, replica's of 17th-century glasses, sand-glasses and compasses, umbrellas and ship's models. To give yourself time to relax and enjoy all the exhibits, it is advisable you to allow 2,5 hours for your visit to the Batavia Yard.
The quayside forge
The quayside forge was established in collaboration with the Dutch Guild for Ornamental Metalwork, which is part of the Metaalunie, the Dutch Employers' Organisation for Small- and Medium-Sized Companies in the Metal Industry. The forge heats the workpiece to a malleable temperature (a temperature where the metal becomes easier to shape) or to the point where work hardening no longer occurs. Their aim is to promote interest in ornamental metalwork to as wide an audience as possible, as well as providing training courses and supervision to volunteers, the long-term unemployed and third parties.
In addition to training courses, work in the forge primarily involves the ironwork for De 7 Provinciën. Ironwork is also made for the maintenance of the Batavia, including rigging hooks in all shapes and sizes, rivets, trusses and locks, armaments, tools and nails.
The Batavia Gallery is the centrepiece of the Western Australian Maritime Museum. It houses the reconstructed remains of the VOC ship Batavia which was excavated by archaeologists in the 1970s. After lengthy treatment by the Department of Materials Conservation the remains were rebuilt in this gallery. Also on display is the skeleton of one of the people murdered on the Abrolhos Islands, the portal facade that the Batavia was carrying as cargo for the Indies and lots of other things.
The Batavia Yard is perfectly suitable for group visits. However, prior reservations must be made for groups of 25 persons or more. At booking, please let us know the preferred length of your visit as well as the desired language, to enable us giving you a guided tour in accordance with your wishes. For groups and schools contact the reservations department on +31 (0)320-261409 or send an email to rese...@bataviawerf.nl
In co-operation with the City of Lelystad it is possible to perform a wedding ceremony in the Commanders' Room at the Batavia Yard or on the ship Batavia itself. For conference and weddings contact with booking department at telephone + 31 320 261409.
If your voyage around the yard has made your thirst or appetite grow, comfortable restaurant Tavern is the place to 'dock' for a cup of coffee, a glass of beer or another refreshment with your meal. If you would like more information, please contact restaurant Hajé de Taveerne on +31 (0)320-261633 or send an email to tave...@hajerestaurants.com
How to get Batavia-yard
The yard is within easy reach by car. From motorway A6 you take the exit 'Lelystad' or 'Lelystad-Noord'. After this follow the signs 'Batavia-werf'.The yard has the disposal of a large parking place. The Batavia-yard is open every day from 10 to 17 hrs. Visitors can stay on the yard until 18.00 pm. During the summer months the yard is open from 10 to 19 hrs, and visitors can stay on the yard until 20.00pm.
Public transport: from railway-station Lelystad a bus line connects the yard. Taxis are also available. From 18th of May onwards, the Batavia Yard introduces its own transportation from the station to the yard by means of a 8-person taxi bus. This 'Coast-Express' will leave every half hour, from 10.15 AM onwards until closing time.
Adult: € 10,00, 65+: € 8,50, Child aged 0 - 5: free, Child aged 6-12: € 5,00,
Combination ticket Batavia Yard and Nieuw Land
With this combination ticket, which is valid for one year, you can spend the entire day at both places for just €12 (children €5.50). Adult combination ticket Batavia Yard / Nieuw Land: € 12,00, Child (0 - 12) combination ticket Batavia Yard / Nieuw Land: € 5,50. More details: Nieuw Land Poldermuseum (Museum of the Polders) in Lelystad
Combination ticket Batavia Yard and Aviodrome
With this combination ticket, which is valid for one year, you can spend the entire day at both places for just €20 (children €14). In addition to an exhibition space (some 6,000m2) and a widescreen film theatre, the National Aviation Theme Park Aviodrome has a large outside area with various historical aviation buildings and aircraft. Adult combination ticket Batavia Yard / Aviodrome: € 20,00, Child combination ticket Batavia Yard / Aviodrome: € 14,00. More details: National Aviation Theme Park and Museum Aviodrome (Nationaal Luchtvaart-Themapark Aviodrome) at Lelystad Airport
Location and Contact:
Batavia Yard (Bataviawerf), T.a.v. afd. Publiekszaken
Visitor's address: Oostvaardersdijk 01-09 (For navigation: Bataviaplein 2), 8242 PA Lelystad
Postal address: Postbus 119, 8200 AC Lelystad, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (0)320-261409
For tips and possibilities to extend your visit to The Batavia Shipyard: http://www.batavia.nl/ (Dutch only)
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