Scale 1 : 37, length 104 cm, width 44 cm, height 91 cm,
More photos: of entire ship, of details. Click on the photos for high resolution pictures!
The fluyt ZEEHAEN and the expedition of Abel Tasman in 1642
Abel Tasman (1603 - 1659) was the first European to discover New Zealand.
He was born in the village of Lutjegast, in today's province of Groningen in the Netherlands. In 1633 Tasman signed up with the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC) and left the Netherlands for Batavia. In August 1642 Tasman received instructions to find the mysterious and supposedly rich Southern Continent, which had been eluding and tempting explorers for centuries.
Two ships were prepared for the voyage: the ZEEHAEN, a fluyt of about 200 tons, and the HEEMSKERCK, the flagship, a small warship of about 120 tons and carrying 60 men. The celebrated pilot, hydrographer and surveyor, Frans Jacobszoon Visscher accompanied Tasman.
On 13th December 1642, the coast of New Zealand came into view, and Tasman noted in his journal "groot hooch verheven landt" (a large land, uplifted high). Tasman named this land "Staten Landt", which refers to the "Land of the (Dutch) States-General."
The area of New Zealand which Tasman sighted was in the vicinity of the coast between modern Hokitika and Okarito, on the west coast of the South Island.
There is more information on his journey on this website about New Zeeland in History.
Little is known about the fluyt ZEEHAEN except for her tonnage of 200 tons. According to the books on shipbuilding by Nicolas Witsen a fluyt of 200 t had dimensions of 100 x 22 x 11 feet. The ship was built in 1639 at the Amsterdam VOC shipyard. The ZEEHAEN left Holland in 1640 for Cambodia. In 1642 she and the HEEMSKERCK were put under the command of Abel Tasman.
The fluyt ZEEHAEN model, photos, description and dimensions
The ship model was built to plans of Ab Hoving and Cor Emke who made a reconstruction of the fluyt (see: Ab Hoving, Cor Emke, The ships of Abel Tasman, published by Uitgeverij Verloren, 2000, ISBN 9789065500878). They were helped in their reconstruction by the Maritime Museums of Amsterdam and Rotterdam and by Peter Sigmond, head of the department of Dutch History at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Please take your time to have a good look at the set of photos. There are several views of the entire ship model taken from all directions, and several closer views of hull, deck and rigging. If you click on a photo you will get that photo in high resolution. Only these high resolution photographs show how much work and handicraft ability were put in the model.
Viewing the high resolution photos: If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox, press F11 to minimize navigation bars and have a larger screen with the photos. The high resolution photos are about 12 megapixel. So they are about 5 - 15 times larger than your 0.8 - 2 megapixel computer screen. Most browsers by default downsize the pictures to screen size, so you cannot see all the details of the ship models. To see the original resolution move the mouse over the pictures and click on the magnifying lens.
This model of the fluyt ZEEHAEN is a very beautiful and detailed masterpiece by an experienced model builder. The ship model is 1 : 37 scale. Length is 104 cm, width 44 cm, height 91 cm.
The ship can be taken out of the stand, i.e. for transport.
nthusiasts and model makers enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such a model by himself.