Days of Yore
Batavian Republic wreck yields crockery
LELYSTAD _ Excavators working an 18th century cargo vessel have retrieved from the wreck crockery showing the logo of the Batavian Republic _ the name for the Netherlands under Napoleonic rule.
The logo shows a Dutch virgin and a lion next to the text “For Liberty and Fatherland,” the motto of what was a short-lived, French client state under Louis Napoleon, the little guy’s brother.
The excavation is being carried out by the International Field School for Maritime Archaeology Flevoland, a cooperative of several universities, the Dutch cultural heritage service and the province of Flevoland that was once an area of open sea.
It’s believed the ship went down in 1795 with a cargo that included slate. Also found were pipes, bottles and glasses and shards of flat glass, part of a shoe and fish bones.
The wreck’s presence was first established in 1985. Known only by the scientific designator OL79, the vessel is 16.5 meters long and has a beam of 4.5m. The craft’s boat type is still unknown.