From September 2020 until April 2021 the eyecatcher of the museum, the East Indiaman Amsterdam, was away for repair. One of the big changes were the removal of the 3 masts to replace with new ones. From the old masts the Maritime Museum made cheese boards (wood type Oregon Pine). They have an imprint of the ship on the front and a description of which mast they were made from and on the back there is an engraved QR code that is linked to photos of the restoration.
A true collector’s item to have in your kitchen.
These cheese boards are made of the wood of the old masts of the East Indiaman. The East Indiaman was the largest cargo ship used by the Dutch East India Company or VOC (in Dutch: Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie). During the 17th and 18th centuries ships like these were used to sail to Asia and bring back goods like spices, porcelain, tea, silk and textiles from Asia to Europe. The average journey took about eight months. All East Indiamen combined made nearly five thousand voyages.
You can visit a replica of a Dutch East Indiaman ship at the National Maritime Museum. The replica is moored right beside the museum. At the replica, can experience interactive museum displays, as well as the exciting VR journey ‘Dare to Discover’.
All cheese boards are made from a different piece of mast, so the imprint of the wood may differ from the picture.
Dimensions: 30 x 17 x 2.2 cm.