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Model of the 58-gun East Indiaman Merkurius of 1747
Information taken from: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/NG-MC-652
h 234cm × b 290cm × d 117cm
This ship’s model was once a showpiece at the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company in Middelburg.
In 1849 ownership of the by-then highly dilapidated model was transferred to the Naval Ministry, which had it restored.
The model represents a characteristic type of East India-man built in Zeeland in the early 18th century.
Although the model bears a name and year of construction, there is no mention of a Merkurius from 1747 in company records.