(Opens in new tab, feel free to read more while the program loads)
In "Aeloude en Hedendaegse Scheepsbouw en Bestier" Nicolaes Witsen described in detail in 1671 how Dutch shipbuilding went to work. This is one of the few surviving books on shipbuilding in the 17th century. In this module you go through the phases in which a ship was built step by step. Take the time to isolate and inspect parts of the ship.
In the Witsen Scheepsbouw program, this separate department has been incorporated to show how Dutch ships were built in the 17th century (and well beyond). To our 21-century eyes, it seems strange that construction was done without a pre-drawn design on paper. The construction sequence seems even more unusual: first the outer skin and only then the frames. How the shipbuilders achieved this is shown in a series of 14 construction phases, whereby the user is immediately interactively familiar with the names of the different parts, which can be shown or omitted at will.