Half model of a floating 32-gun artillery battery, Rijkswerf Willemsoord, 1861

Half model of a floating 32-gun artillery battery, Rijkswerf Willemsoord, 1861

wood and brass, h 28.4cm × w 130.2cm × d 24cm Catalogue entry

The Royal Netherlands Navy converted wooden ships of the line into floating batteries, hoping to give these expensive vessels a second lease of life as artillery plat-forms for the defence of Dutch river estuaries and inland waterways. This model represents the battery Neptunus, which was fitted with 32 guns. The Neptunus was origi-nally built as a ship of the line with the same name.

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