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Another tall ship in Den Helder, but this one is just a replica the tourists can visit. She is located in a dry dock right in the middle of the old harbour.
I did not really take this one for the ship, but rather for the sky behind her, and it had been a tricky job to avoid all the tourists shops and cafes around.
However, this one is floating, because I saw her for the first time at Sail Amsterdam in 2005...

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And something I found on Wikipedia about the ship (the Dutch page in much better, for thhose who can read it):

The Prins Willem was the largest ship at the time of the Dutch East India Company (the VOC). It was built in 1649 in Middelburg in the Netherlands and sank near Madagaskar in 1662.

Curiously, the name on the ship was Prins Willim. Two reasons have been mentioned for this. One being that that is Middle Dutch, the other that there wasn't enough space for the name, so they changed the 'e' to an 'i', which is shorter.

A replica has been built under the same name. It was built at shipyard Amels in Makkum (Netherlands) for the Oranda Mura (Holland Village) themepark in Nagasaki, Japan. Since 2004, she is part of the themepark Cape Holland in Den Helder, the Netherlands. At the moment, the Prins Willem bowsprit is being restored.

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