Photographer's Note

Amsterdam - No luck for the ‘Amsterdam’

Within walking distance of the Central Railway Station of Amsterdam (behind the Science Center NEMO) you find the Netherlands Maritime Museum (Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum).
Next to this building you can see a replica of the ‘Amsterdam’, a magnificent 18th-century cargo ship of the Dutch East India Company.

Between 1985 and 1990 this replica was built by volunteers by only using tools that existed in the 18th century. The replica is accessible for visitors of the museum.

The picture was taken just before the last sun rays of the evening disappeared behind the clouds.
When I saw a sightseeing boat arriving, I wanted to draw attention to the stark contrast between the old ship and the modern but much smaller boat. Seeing the result afterwards, I can only note that the boat is simply almost unnoticed next to the majestic Amsterdam.

Why did the real Amsterdam had no luck?
Read the information I found on Wikipedia:

The maiden voyage of the ‘Amsterdam’ was planned from Texel (an island in North-Holland) to the settlement Batavia (in the present Indonesia).

On 15 November 1748 the ship made its first attempt but returned on 19 November 1748 due to an adverse wind.
The Amsterdam made a second attempt on 21 November 1748, which also failed and from which the ship returned on 6 December 1748.
The third attempt was made on 8 January 1749. But the Amsterdam was wrecked in a storm on the English Channel on 26 January 1749.

The shipwreck was discovered in 1969 in the bay of Bulverhythe, United Kingdom, and is sometimes visible during low tides.

Photo Information
Viewed: 2671
Points: 100
Additional Photos by Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3967 W: 17 N: 9061] (37924)
View More Pictures