De Zeven Provincien Model Ship
The De Zeven Provincien was an Dutch Flagship.
About the De Zeven Provincien wooden scale Model Ship
This model ship of the De Zeven Provincien was custom built from the following information:
- Copies of the original plans
About the construction of the De Zeven Provincien wooden scale Model Ship
- The hull is built using the Double Plank-on-Bulkhead construction method
- The bulkheads and keel are cut from marine grade pine plywood
- The first layer of planking is done plank by plank using Mahogany
- The second layer of planking is done using Mahogany Veneer strips
- The deck is made of Anagre, a light brown timber from the Amazon
- The gunwale and stringers are made of American Walnut
- The fife rails and pin racks are made of American Walnut
- The deckhouses and gangways are made of Teak
- The masts and yards are made of Mahogany
- The sails and ropes are made of linen
- The model is painted with acrylic paint
- The ornaments are cold cast in bronze and painted
History of the De Zeven Provincien
De Zeven Provincien was a three-masted Dutch ship of the line with an armament of 80 guns. She was built for The Admariliteit van de Maze, Delftshaven in the Netherland by Salomon Jansz van den Tempel and launched in 1664 with a complement of 450.
There was a commercial rivalry between English and Dutch merchants, which led to the Anglo-Dutch war of 1652-54. As a result, the Dutch undertook to build one of the largest vessels, the De Zeven Provincien. In 1665, Admiral Michiel Adrienszoon de Ruyter was appointed a commander in chief of the De Zeven Provincien. He led the Dutch fleet for the first time in what became known as” the Four Days Battle.”
In the morning of June 1665, the Dutch arrived off the Downs with about eighty-five ships and were met by an English force of about fifty-six ships under George Monck, Duke of Albemarle. The De Zeven Provincien’s rigging was shot up and de Ruyter was unable to pursue. The Dutch failure to achieve a victory over the English also prevented them from landing on the English coast. During this Battle, the De Zeven Provincien was completely dismasted. The Dutch lost twenty ships, 4 000 dead and 3 000 prisoners.
De Zeven Provincien served in four major battles: The Battle of Solebay, the first and second Battle of Schooneveld and the battle of The Texel.
De Zeven Provincien’s final naval action came during the War of the League of Augsburg. In 1692, at the battle of La Hogue, De Zeven Provincien was heavily damaged and returned to Rotterdam. Two years later she was broken up.
As of 2008 a replica of the De Zeven Provincien is under construction at Lelystad, Netherlands.
Member of The Nautical Research Guild
Learn more about The De Zeven Provincien: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_ship_De_Zeven_Provinci%C3%ABn_(1665)