Batavialand is currently constructing a ‘water ship’. This water ship will be replicated as authentically as possible, not just in shape and its design, but also in how the work is being carried out.
The water ship is being built by volunteers, trainees and people who are eager to gain work experience after a prolonged period of illness or other reasons. They are being supervised by professional mentors who are experienced in building historical ships. A walkway allows visitors to observe the water ship's construction. A public presentation is available beneath the adjoining visitor's canopy. Visitors can learn more here about the world's largest ship graveyard, the water ship and how it is currently being built.
Over the centuries, many types of fishing vessels sailed the Zuiderzee. By the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Dutch ‘waterschip’ was by far the most prevalent. These water ships were large and heavy and therefore well-suited for trawler fishing. The vessels had what was known as a 'bun', a hold filled with water that could keep captured fish alive for several days. Hence the name 'waterschip' or 'water ship'.