About the Book
The Batavia is probably one of the most inspiring ships built in modern history.
Reconstructed without any plans available.
Master Shipwright Willem Vos started his research to build the Batavia in the 1970’s .
He studied old paintings and stock-lists, all around Europe, he visited museums alike .
After his research was completed he made hundreds of detailed sketches of all parts of the ship. With those the reconstruction of the Batavia began.
The construction plans included in this book were made AFTER the Batavia was completed !
May you enjoy the images and drawings
as much as I did enjoy photographing
and designing the books about this unique ship .
The Last East Indiaman - Batavia
(PS: Owners of this book will receive a discount on the digital files of the full size scans of the construction plans as available from www.bataviaphotos.com )
I always had a great love for Historic ships. Initially studied for mechanical engineer I worked on a few Amsterdam shipyards amongst others. Later I found more pleasure in photography and after a 4 year part-time study for photographer I opened my own photo studio in Baarn , a lovely town near Amsterdam. There my partner and I had great success with all types of photography. In the late 90's we migrated to Australia where we owned a huge rural property . Surrounded by splendid sub tropical nature we had a humble but rewarding live, we performed our arts and did 'meet' our selves. It was there where I designed the Batavia book in a little shed , printed and bound it. That was way before the on-demand printing industry took off. It gave me the opportunity to learn yet another couple of trades: Graphic design , printing , book binding, web design... . Maybe I should change my name to Jack ( of all trades ). I look forward to my next book to make !