Scale 1 : 37, length 104 cm, width 44 cm, height 91 cm,
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The fluyt ZEEHAEN and the expedition of Abel Tasman in 1642
Abel Tasman (1603 - 1659) was the first European to discover New
He was born in the village of Lutjegast, Netherlands. In 1633 Tasman
Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, VOC)
and left for Batavia. After years with the VOC he was asked in August 1642
to search for the mysterious "Southern Continent" in the Pacific
The ZEEHAEN, a fluyt of
about 200 tons, and the HEEMSKERCK, the flagship, a small warship carrying 60 men,
were prepared for the voyage. Frans Jacobszoon Visscher, a
well-known pilot and
hydrographer went with
On 13th December 1642, they reached the coast of New Zealand.
Tasman noted in his journal "groot hooch verheven landt" (a large
land, uplifted high) and named it "Staten Landt".
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.
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.
This model has already been sold. The pictures and the data
are shown in the
gallery of the ship models sold only to let enthusiasts and model makers
enjoy the photos and maybe get ideas or some guidance, if someone builds such
a model by himself.