The most admirable part of the museum is a replica of the famous ship of the Dutch East Indian company Amsterdam, recreated from 1985 to 1991. This trading company lasted almost 200 years from 1602 to 1798 and conducted a monopoly trade with Ceylon, China, Japan, and Indonesia. These years were years of the myriad, wealth, and prosperity of the economy of Amsterdam, and, not in vain, the seventeenth century entered the history of the Netherlands as the "Golden Age." The ship Amsterdam was one of the largest vessels owned by the company. It was launched in 1747, and on the first voyage to Batavia (modern Jakarta - the capital of Indonesia) sank, having fallen in a storm, off the coast of England. Of the 203 members of the team under the command of Captain Klump, 50 died while trying to save the ship, and 90 died ashore from hypothermia. All cargo, consisting of a variety of goods and twenty-eight silver chests, was absorbed by a sandbank near Eastbourne on the English coast of the English Channel. Captain Klump himself lost the loan allocated to him for swimming, in the amount of his salary for 14 years of service. This ship is today one of the symbols of modern Amsterdam and, like nothing else, better shows the history of the golden age of the Netherlands, filled with fabulous benefits and incredible risks.
Photo: By Ymnes - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49068222