Friesland Ship Model (1663 Netherlands) | Large Scale

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Friesland Ship Model (1663 Netherlands) | Large Scale

Overall size: 80 cm (L) x 75 cm (H)

SKU: 58

large scale Friesland ship model

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Overall dimensions:

Length: 31.49" (80 cm)
Width: 13.77" (35 cm)
Height: 29.52" (75 cm)

The Friesland is a 17th century Dutch ship. This stunning large scale wooden ship model is finely built in teak using a plank on frame method. This large ship model distinguishes itself for the particular refinement of the poop decorations and of the superstructures of the deck.

  • A double planked museum quality ship model.

  • This period model ship has two-colour rigging.

  • This historic model ship is sold fully built and ready for display.

  • Handmade from scratch wooden model ship.

  • Supported by a solid wooden stand.

  • Not a kit.

  • Dispatched from Bristol or free Click & Collect.

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The Dutch ship Friesland holds a significant place in maritime history, representing the prowess and innovation of Dutch naval engineering during the 17th century. Here's a brief overview of the ship's history:

The Friesland was commissioned by the Admiralty of Amsterdam, one of the six Dutch naval administrative bodies, in the mid-1660s. It was designed as a flagship for Vice Admiral Auke Stellingwerf, a distinguished naval officer. Construction began in 1663 at the shipyards of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in Amsterdam.

With its imposing dimensions and formidable firepower, the Friesland was classified as a "Dutch first-rate ship of the line." It was a three-masted ship, armed with 80 to 90 cannons, and boasted a crew of around 420 sailors and marines. The ship's design incorporated the Dutch preference for flatter hulls, which provided stability and manoeuvrability in the often treacherous waters of the North Sea and beyond.

In 1665, during the height of the Anglo-Dutch Wars, the Friesland played a prominent role in the Battle of Lowestoft. This clash between the English and Dutch navies marked one of the largest naval battles of the 17th century. Despite the Dutch Republic's eventual defeat, the Friesland demonstrated its valour and resilience, sustaining significant damage but surviving the engagement.

Over the years, the Friesland underwent several renovations and reconstructions to adapt to evolving naval strategies and technologies. It continued to serve in various conflicts and campaigns, including the Four Days' Battle in 1666 and the Raid on the Medway in 1667.

Unfortunately, precise details about the Friesland's later years are scarce. It is believed that the ship was eventually decommissioned and possibly dismantled or repurposed in the late 17th or early 18th century. Historical records regarding the fate of individual ships from that era can be fragmentary, making it challenging to trace their exact trajectories beyond major events.

Despite its eventual disappearance, the legacy of the Friesland lives on through meticulous ship models and historical documentation. These representations allow enthusiasts and historians to appreciate the ship's architectural beauty, naval significance, and the rich maritime heritage of the Dutch Republic during its Golden Age.

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