Ship’s model of the Prins Willem

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The real Prins Willem left the harbour of Middelburg in 1651 for its maiden voyage to the East Indies. The ship sailed to Batavia (Jakarta) a total of five times before sinking – with no survivors – on its return home in 1662. The rudder is flanked by a city view of Middelburg, above which are the logo of the Dutch East India Company and a portrait of Prince William II. Origin: Netherlands. Date: 1651. Object ID: NG-NM-11911.

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