Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum (DSM)
German Shipping
in the Early Modern Period

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Wooden reliefs from the fagade of the guildhall of the Flanders merchants of Hameln representing a Hanseatic three-master and an Italian sailing galley (in the mid 16th century). It is a symbol of the late Hanseatic trade which was guided by the travel destinations of the past centuries but only profited indirectly - via the Iberian countries and Flanders or Holland - from the trade generated by the products of the newly discovered countries and regions of the world.
Bow-sprit of the large model of the carrack ADLER VON LÜBECK, constucted in 1566 by Sylvester Franke on the river Trave. The ship was built for the Seven years' Nordic War (1563-70), but was never put into operational combat, as negotiations to end the war were already taking place after its completion. The ADLER (eagle) - named after the heraldic animal of Lübeck - was converted into a trading ship and used for the journey to the Iberian peninsula. Its loading capacity was approx. 800 “Last“, i. e. about 1600 tons. The vessel epitomises the attempt of the former leading Hanseatic city to keep up with the increasing size of the ships of Western European countries.
Ludolf Backhuysen (1631-1708): The EENDRACHT with other vessels in a stormy sea on the coast (Amsterdam 1682). Backhuysen was born in Emden. He belongs to the leading marine painters of his time and is the most important among the German ones. The EENDRACHT was the flagship of the Dutch admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Similar two-decked vessels were in operation as convoyers, but also for the electorate of Brandenburg-Prussia and the Imperial City of Hamburg.
Large model (stern view) of the convoy vessel WAPEN VON HAMBURG. The third ship of this name, it was built in 1720 by the shipbuilder from Hamburg, Jacob Mencke, for the admiralty of the city. It was the first state ship built following English naval construction principles rather than in the Dutch shipbuilding tradition as had been done previously. However, the larger draught connected herewith led to problems in the shallow waterways of the river Elbe.
Living room of a whaling commander from Föhr with Dutch tiles and a so-called "Bilegger" oven covered with motives of the Bible (around 1780). In the 17th century a considerable number of the commanders of the Dutch Whaling Fleets came from the Frisian islands. The picture shows how much the Dutch culture also influenced North Friesland.