The Use of Copper and Lead Sheathing in VOC Shipbuilding

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    Much has been written on the use of lead and copper sheathing in post mediaeval shipbuilding, yet evidence for such hull protection by Dutch shipwrights in the 17th and 18th centuries has received little attention. A discussion of the archaeological and historical evidence pertaining to the application of copper and lead sheathing by the Dutch long-distance trading companies outlines the argument for the innovative character, experimental use-on ships' hulls-and standardization-on sternposts-as early as 1602. Archaeological evidence presented mainly comes from the Dutch East Indiamen Nassau (1606), Mauritius (1609), Batavia (1629), Vergulde Draak (1656), and Buitenzorg (1760).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)349-361
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015


    • Copper sheathing
    • Lead sheathing
    • Netherlands
    • Shipbuilding
    • Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie
    • Westindische Compagnie


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