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De 7 Provinciën, Dutch Admiralty Ship, update.

Zeven Provinciën news received today from the master ship wright Aryan Klien at the Batavia Werf, “Please find attached some corrections for booklet. We very much look forward to your ideas for a Batavia painting”.

Meaning I have some text changes to make before final printing of the European Parlament exhibition booklet and to the web site.

You can view the painting on page:


and order your numbered signed copy from page


The revised text will read:

A replica De 7 Provinciën is building as the core of a vocational training program for long term unemployed at the Bataviawerf in Lelystad, The Netherlands.

Henk van der Hoef commissioned this picture and generously took the artist to the shipyard in the Netherlands to see the replica and talk with the staff including the former master shipwright Willem Vos, retired 2001.

De 7 Provinciën built in 1665, was among the largest and most powerful ships of the Dutch fleet, and intended from the outset to be a flagship. Her first commander was the famous Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. De 7 Provinciën fought the English repeatedly and later with them against the French and Spanish. The flagship De 7 Provinciën in her prime is now available in print.


*Royal Dutch Navy did not exist in the 17th Century, it was a republic at that time.

*Batavia Wherf do not get get any EU support unfortunately…

*Willem Vos  retired in 2001


This also means we will have to slightly change the web site texts.

Do order your numbered signed copybefore you forget from page