20 Nov 2003
Reconstruction of the
of the 1661 rigging of the English East Indiaman Blessing, later
by Wendy van Duivenvoorde, April 2002.
Large quantities of spare rope and some pulley blocks
were found in the bow section of the Avondster during 2001-02. We know
from archival sources that many spare parts were shipped from Europe to Asia,
in order to guarantee a quality standard, and that in some cases the VOC used
local products. Analysis of the artefacts may tell us about the mix of items
in use on the Avondster. Shipbuilding research will include English shipbuilding
sources, since the Avondster was of English origin. The research will
include gathering images of relevant ships and ship types, to help us reconstruct
features of the Avondster's hull and rigging. The tentative drawn reconstruction
of the ship and her rigging, above, was based on the initial phase of the excavation.
For details, see Appendix 2: The rigging of the VOC ship Avondster,
an abstract of a paper by Wendy van Duivenvoorde, on p.65 of the Avondster
Project Report 2001-2002 (pdf file; text page 65, Acrobat page 71).