Bataviawerf is a shipyard for building replicas of historic 17th century ships with traditional construction methods.
Located at the quay of Lelystad, the non-profit yard is a combination of workshop, learning project for young people and visitor centre. Bataviawerf became part of the Batavialand Museum in 2017 .
Moored in front of the yard is the Batavia, a replica of the VOC ship that was
lost on the reefs of Australia's west coast in Oct 1628.
The replica was built from 1985 through 1995 and is so far the wharf's only completed ship.
Work started in 1995 on a replica of the Zeven Provincien, the flagship of famous admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Unfortunately,
this very ambitious project ran out of money for the expensive oak wood and was halted.
Currently the team works on a replica of the 16th century ZO31 waterschip.
The oak hull of the Batavia is deteriorating quickly and repairs will be very expensive. Willem Vos, who built the ship, proposes to shipwreck it at nearby Marker Wadden.
I visited Bataviawerf and the Batavia in July 2023.