Dutch 44-gun warship, anonymous, 1648

Dutch 44-gun warship, anonymous, 1648

wood, rope, lead (material), textiel and paint, h 117cm × l 113cm × w 52cm More details

Dutch warships were relatively small in the mid-17th century. This proved to be a problem, particularly during the First Anglo-Dutch War (1652–1654): they were no match for England’s larger, more heavily armed ships. An extensive and successful fleet-building programme was subsequently implemented. However, Dutch ships always remained smaller than those of other countries, largely due to the shallow waters around the Netherlands.

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