Corel's Prins Willem
Length 29-1/2" Height 23" Scale 1:100

The legend: The Prins Willem was probably the largest square stern ship of the fleet of the Dutch East India Company. Fitted out at Middleburg in 1649-1650, the Prince William was subsequently modified for use as a warship. In addition to demolishing the forecastle and the stern bulkhead, 6 firing ports were added, three on each side. For a brief period, the Prins Willem was the flagship of the famous Admiral Witte de Witt. Returned later to the Company, it once again traded with the Indies between 1653 and 1660. Our model is a detailed and faithful reconstruction of the ship fitted out by the Dutch East India Company for commercial traffic. Specifications:

The Reality: The ship Prins Willim was built in 1649 in Middelburg in the Netherlands and sank near Madagaskar in 1662. Curiously, the name on the ship was Prins Willim. Two possible reasons have been advanced: the ship's name is Middle Dutch or 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. In 2004, the replica became part of the theme park Cape Holland in Den Helder, the Netherlands. In 2009, the bowsprit of the Prins Willim replica was being restored. On the morning of July 30, 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. Click HERE for more information

Corel's Prins Willem