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Replica of the Amsterdam
During excavation works by a sewage company near the wreck of the Amsterdam
workmen encountered all sorts of old objects. It was soon found out that these
objects belonged to the wreck and excavation works on the Amsterdam were started.
Length of the Keel:
42.5 metres - appr. 140 ft
Water displacement: 1100 tons
in the early 80s the idea arose to build a replica of an East Indiaman the Amsterdam
soon came up and the Amsterdam-based foundation SABO launched the project.
Tropical hardwood (iroko)was used because this type of wood is more fresh waterproof than oak and the small ladders used by the sailors were replaced by a staircase.
The replica of the Amsterdam was built by a team of 400 volunteers. The total cost amounted to 10 million Dutch guilders.
The project was finished in 1990 and the Amsterdam and its crew is moored at the Dutch Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.