The Building Process


This is our archive of images and notes to show the building process over time, with the most recent events shown at the top of the page. Click any one of the images to see what was happening on that date. Use the links at the top of each page to see how Duyfken was built.

THE FIRST SAIL
         PHOTOS & PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT
         JULY 10, 1999

 
 

MAY 1999
RIGGING & FIT OUT

 
 

THE LAUNCH
JANUARY 24, 1999
PHOTOS & VIDEO

"...archival research increasingly shows that the original ship was exceptional - often out-sailing much larger ships, and manoeuvrable enough to be taken close to unexplored lee-shores even during the stormy and dangerous monsoon."

 

JANUARY 1999
RAISING THE ROOF

 
DECEMBER 1998
 FINISHING TOUCHES
   
         
 
AUGUST-SEPT
1998

AUGUST 1998
 
     
     
       
         

"Duyfken is being built as a program of "experimental archaeology" - at the end of the process we should know a great deal more about the advantages and the disadvantages of plank-first construction as practiced by the Dutch, who were the most successful shipbuilders and sailors in Europe."

JUNE 1998

    MAY 1998
A VISIT FROM AB HOVING
         

MARCH 25, 1998
HULL FULLY FRAMED

   
  "Planks were pre-bent to shape over an open fire..."  
  FEBRUARY 20, 1998 BENDING THE PLANKS
 
     
FEBRUARY 1998
SHAPING THE HULL
   
       
    NOVEMBER 1997

 

"No original plans of any ship from the Age of Discovery exist because shipwrights did not use plans drawn on paper or parchment. The only plans were in the master-shipwright's head, and the ships themselves were built by eye."


SEPTEMBER 12, 1997
 
AUGUST 27, 1997
 
SEPTEMBER 1, 1997
 
 
AUGUST 1, 1997
   
     
 
LAYING THE KEEL
JANUARY 12, 1997