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 Oranda Mura ("Holland Village") theme park in Nagasaki, Japan.[citation needed]

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.[1]


  1. ^ "Verwoest VOC-schip mogelijk gerestaureerd". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 

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