Prins Willem

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The stern of replica "Prins Willem"
The stern of replica Prins Willem
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Name: Prins Willem
Owner: Dutch East India Company
Launched: 1649
Fate: Sank, 1662
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 700 tons
Length: 42 m (137 ft 10 in)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Armament: 32 guns

The Prins Willem (or Prins Willim) was the largest ship at the time of the Dutch East India Company (the VOC).[citation needed]


The ship Prins Willim was built in 1649 in Middelburg in the Netherlands and sank near Madagaskar in 1662.[citation needed]

Curiously, the name on the ship was Prins Willim. Two possible reasons have been advanced:[citation needed]

  • the ship's name is Middle Dutch
  • lack of space for the name caused the "e" to be changed to a shorter "i"

The ship was the flagship of Witte de With in the Battle of the Kentish Knock during the First Anglo-Dutch War.


A replica with the same name was built in 1984-85 at the Dutch shipyard Amels in Makkum for the Nagasaki Holland Village (長崎オランダ村 Nagasaki Oranda Mura?) theme park in Seihi, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The building cost was 1.4 billion yen. [1]

In 2003, Huis Ten Bosch K. K., the operating company of Nagasaki Holland Village declared bankruptcy and the replica was sold to a Dutch company for 130 million yen. [2] [3]

In 2004, the replica became part of the theme park Cape Holland in Den Helder, the Netherlands.[citation needed]

In 2009, the bowsprit of the Prins Willim replica was being restored.

On the morning of 30 July 2009, the replica was lost to fire, probably due to an electric malfunction. The owner of the ship, the Libéma company, was to decide on a restoration.[4]


  1. ^ 長崎オランダ村の復元帆船全焼 母国帰還後、地元観光に貢献. 47NEWS (in Japanese) (Kyodo News). 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  2. ^ シンボル帆船が母国へ HTBの資産売却で. 47NEWS (in Japanese) (Kyodo News). 2003-10-20. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  3. ^ 浮きドックで母国へ出帆 長崎オランダ村の復元帆船. 47NEWS (in Japanese) (Kyodo News). 2003-11-04. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Verwoest VOC-schip mogelijk gerestaureerd". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 

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