DEIC ship de Halve Maen (meaning: The Half Moon)
If only the Halve Maen could talk! This DEIC ship could tell you a few blood- curdling tales about storms, expeditions, Indian encounters, sea battles and scurvy. Fortunately the crew of the Halve Maen know all these tales as well. They will take you on a personal exploratory tour aboard the museum ship, from below deck to the galley. While the wood is creaking and the scents of gunpowder and tar are tickling your nose, you will not cease to be amazed with this experience. Live it, visit the Halve Maen.
Sailing to America.
There are ships that have changed history, and the Halve Maen is one of them. This DEIC ship owes its fame to the expedition that was undertaken by English captain Henry Hudson in 1609, when exploring the east coast of North-America. This voyage instigated the foundation of the colony of New Holland and its capital New Amsterdam; nowadays known as New York.
There are, however, far more stories to be told about the Halve Maen. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this really is a ship full of tales.
The Halve Maen lies on the south point of the Oostereiland, at the Centrum Varend Erfgoed, where it is fittingly accompanied by historic fishing – and cargo ships.
You will be welcomed in the atmospheric museum of the Centrum Varend Erfgoed. Here you will have the opportunity to see and learn everything there is to know about the Halve Maen and the tough lives of the fishermen and merchant seamen on what was previously the South Sea.
Your entry ticket will indicate the time of your visit to the actual Halve Maen ship. Guides will take you through the whole ship in four steps and they will tell you stories about life at sea in the Golden Age. This guided tour takes about 45 minutes.