There is nothing compared to the physical experience of being aboard a historic sailing vessel. Neither of us has ever been aboard the full sized replica of Batavia, but after reading “The Power of Replicas” posted by Kelby Rose, we are determined to go. He posted stunning pictures of both the vessel and shipyard on his blog Nautical Archaeology in the 21st Century.
As a scholar of Dutch shipbuilding, his post provides a unique view of what it is like to come face to face with the ships that you study. He argues that while replicas “may differ in some ways from their historical predecessors, they are still magnificent structures that evoke a visceral response in their viewers and visitors.” If you have never seen the replica of Batavia, you must read this post.
Reblogged from: Nautical Archaeology in the 21st Century
The Power of Replicas, Part 1
Seeing Batavia was a pilgrimage of sorts. In my first semester at Texas A&M, I was assigned to give a seminar presentation on the (original) ship, where I learned the story of the wrecking, the excavation, and became enthralled by the history of the VOC (Dutch East India Company). Not long after, I fell under the spell of Dutch shipbuilding and have focused my studies on the subject ever since. While doing research for my seminar presentation, I learned about the replica and saw some truly stunning images…