What Batavia's wood reveals about her builders

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The wreck of the Dutch East India Company ship BATAVIA in 1629 off Western Australia is a well-known maritime disaster in The Netherlands and Australia. The rst account of the shipwreck and its tragic aftermath of mutiny and murder became an instant bestseller in the 17th century. Interest in the ship, its voyage, and the events surrounding its loss continues today; a sailing replica was built in the 1980s, and many books, articles, plays, and even an opera have been written about it. Our most recent research, which focuses on the ship itself, has uncovered details of the woods that BATAVIA’s Dutch shipbuilders used in building her hull.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationWoodenBoat
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • Batavia
  • Batavia shipwreck
  • Dutch shipbuilding


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