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April 28, 2011

The Waves of Time wash into the Maritime Museum…

Filed under: ART,Places and Sights,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next stop in our summer 2010 tour is the Rotterdam Maritime Museum.

We only have a short time there so it’s a bit of a whistle-stop tour, but well worth a visit if you are interested in the sea and the history of people’s interaction with it.

First I want to look at some of the many artworks on show… they show that life was hard and that life at sea must have been hard. One painting even shows sailors hunting polar bears at the pole, icebergs surround the ships, a perilous trip to be made in the region even now, let alone back then for wooden vessels under sail.

Considering that history shows us that most sailors couldn’t swim, it is amazing that any sailor survived a life at sea.

Compared to today’s standards, technology in the ships, navigation aids and maps was rudimentary and the skill and courage that sailors must have had is amazing.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

History inside the ships…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

1 Comment »

  1. I went to the Liverpool Maritime Museum once and it was just as interesting.

    Comment by Tilly Bud — April 28, 2011 @ 6:30 am | Reply


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