The original ship
“Zeven Provinciën” fought the English repeatedly during the Anglo-Dutch wars, being involved at all the major actions including the Four Days battle & the raid on the Medway & Thames. In 1674 she was part of the fleet that, via the Canary Isles, attacked Martinique. 1678 saw her allied to the English & operating of the coasts of Spain including into the Mediterranean.
“Zeven Provinciën” was repaired at Portsmouth in 1692. The English considered her a very fine traditional Dutch ship. Her people were immensely proud of her.
Dutch ships of the period were quite distinct from French, English or Spanish. Most notably, they were, in a very ostentatious age, less ornate. Other features instantly distinctive to a sailor included more beam to length ratio, a full round bow, relatively shallow draft.
Building the “Zeven Provinciën”
A full size replica of this ship is building in the Netherlands.
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