The Batavia

The Batavia - wrecked 1629

One of the oldest known shipwrecks in Australia, the Batavia, is not just another ship that stranded off the coast of Western Australia. It is a ship with an extremely rich history.

Discovery of the wreck

In 1957 a huge rock was discovered by a man not realising this was part of the cargo the Batavia was carrying. It was located in just over 10 metres of water near Beacon island (Abrolhos). A fisherman fournd a sceleton on Beacon Island in 1960. Both early finding remained virtually unnoticed. A 1960 privately funded exhibition was unsuccessful in finding the wreck. It wasn't until 1963 that more remains and the wreckage of the Batavia was finally discovered.

The hull of the original Batavia has been reconstructed and is on permanent display in the Western Australian Maritime Museum. Artifacts found during the recovery of the wreck are also on display as well as the portico which has been reassembled.

The Batavia Replica - 1995

A replica has been build in Holland (launced in April 1995) and part of the remains of the wreck (and its shipload) are displayed in the Maritime Museum in Fremantle Western Australia.


Old Maritime Museum, Fremantle WA.

Links to related web-sites

Batavia's visit to Sydney in 2000

Links to Batavia related web-sites:

  • Visit the Batavia Yard in the Netherlands. This is where the replica was built. (Dutch/English)
  • Western Australian Maritime Museum, Batavia (VOC ship)
  • Display of artefacts and part of the hull. (WA Maritime Museum)
  • The Batavia hull reconstructed (WA Maritime Museum).

Literature, movies, ship models

  • Bibliography: The VOC Ship Batavia, 1628 (Upsala University, Sweden)
  • 113cm long replica of the Batavia (not cheap by the way!) - (White Sails, Australia)
  • Shipwreck Coast Part 1 - The Batavia: wreck, mutiny and murder - a 1 hour movie - (Prospero Productions, Fremantle, Western Australia)

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