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Westerdam’s ‘Special Delivery’ at Rotterdam

Last month ms Westerdam did a “special delivery” at the port of Rotterdam. A 17th-century cannon was lifted off the bow of the ship and later transported to the Bataviawerf in Lelystad — a special shipyard for the reconstruction of ships from the Golden Age.

The cannon is a present from Holland America Line. Until recently the cannon was part of the art collection of ms Statendam. Earlier this year Statendam was in dry dock at the yard in Freeport, Bahamas, and some Signature of Excellence features were added. In the end there was no space for the cannon, and HAL’s Project Manager Hans Dörr asked permission to donate the cannon to the Bataviawerf. Transport to Holland was arranged by Westerdam, which called at the Freeport yard some time later.

The bronze cannon was made for the Rotterdam admirality of the Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, or, as we know it, the Dutch East India Company.

The 17th-century bronze cannon that Bataviawerf received from the Holland America Line Monday is almost certainly a 1623 cannon by gun maker Arend van der Put, said historian Arent Fox, who examined the gun at the Lelystad yard. He said a bullet mark in the gun indicates that it was used in battle.

Fox believes the gun comes from the Eendracht, a ship that exploded in 1665.

Both the regional TV stations in Rotterdam and Lelystad made a report on this special delivery by ms Westerdam.

Item on regional TV Flevoland:

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